Three Additional Sheriff's Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A non-sworn member of our professional staff, a Custody Deputy and a Sheriff’s Deputy with unrelated exposures, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The non-sworn employee last worked in on Friday, November 20, 2020 in a position that does not include contact with the public nor inmates. The employee experienced COVID-19 related symptoms on Sunday, November 22, 2020 and was tested at a community testing site on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The positive test results were returned on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and the employee has not returned to work.

The Custody Deputy last worked on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and became symptomatic during regular days off. The Custody Deputy does have contact with inmates during normal duties, however this exposure does not appear to be work related. The Custody Deputy was tested at a community testing site on Monday, November 30, 2020 and was found to be COVID-19 positive that same day.

The Sheriff’s Deputy last worked on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and developed COVID-19 related symptoms while on days off. The deputy was tested at a community testing site on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and was found to be COVID-19 positive on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The deputy was assigned to an administrative position and did not have contact with the public nor inmates.

This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 48, with 43 having recovered.

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ChillinGrillin Dec 06, 2020 08:02 PM
Three Additional Sheriff's Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

I really hope for their personal sake they can get back to work soon and make it through alright. For the SBSO's sake, hopefully they can get back to booking and immediately releasing criminals and the mentally ill from the crumbling jail (Winchester Mystery House) then fumble their cases months or even years later because of poor record-keeping and training.

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