Released: December 11, 2020 - Friday, 04:28 PM

Three Additional Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date and time of incident: 12-10-20Place of Occurrence: County JailVictim Information: N/ASuspect Information: N/AThree additional inmates at the County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.
All three inmates were assigned to the same housing unit. The three were tested on 12-10-20. The results came back positive the same day. All three inmates have been isolated. They are being treated at the jail and have not required hospitalization.
The housing unit has been quarantined. All 18 inmates in that housing unit are being tested as well as 14 staff members.
The source of the infection is being investigated and the Sheriff's Office is working with County Public Health to determine the cause of this outbreak. This is the jail's first outbreak since July. An outbreak is defined by the California Department of Public Health as three or more cases that are believed to be linked.
With these recent cases, that brings the total number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID to 15. Seven of those have occurred since 12-2-20. This reflects the rising number of cases which is being seen countywide.
A total of 14 Sheriff's Deputies have tested positive for the virus: 8 Patrol Deputies and 6 Correctional Deputies.