Released: December 28, 2020 - Monday, 03:53 PM

Additional Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Contact: Grace NorrisPhone: (805) 781-4483Date and time of incident: 12-10-20Place of Occurrence: County JailVictim Information: N/ASuspect Information: N/AFifteen additional inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in a continuation of the Jail outbreak that started on 12-10-20.
An outbreak is defined by the California Department of Public Health as three or more cases that are believed to be linked.
Since the start of this outbreak all those infected have been isolated, and the affected housing units have been quarantined. The fifteen new cases were discovered after over 100 asymptomatic inmates were tested in response to the outbreak. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to work with County Public Health to manage this outbreak. Regular COVID testing of staff and inmates will continue until the outbreak is over. In total, twenty inmates' positive COVID-19 cases are believed to be linked to the outbreak beginning on 12-10-20.
Two additional inmates not linked to this outbreak have also tested positive since the last press release, and one additional Correctional Deputy.
With these new cases, that brings the total number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID -19 since March of this year to 34.
A total of 21 Sheriff's Deputies have tested positive for the virus: 8 Patrol Deputies and 13 Correctional Deputies.