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21 Additional Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

Santa Barbara, Calif. – As a result of contact with a previously reported COVID-19 positive inmate, 66 inmates in one area of the jail were tested for COVID-19. The group was exposed to the inmate on or before Monday August 24, 2020. Of the 66 inmates tested, 21 resulted in being positive for

COVID-19. Two inmates from the group are symptomatic and have been moved to negative airflow cells. The remaining positive inmates, who are asymptomatic, are being housed together in a contained area of the jail and are being monitored by custody and medical staff regularly.

The 45 inmates who tested negative for Covid-19 will be re-tested in about one week’s time.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail COVID-19 Related Cases
Positive Upon Intake Contracted Within Facility Total Cases
Active Cases Medically Monitored/ Treated 0 33 33
Recovered 2 17 19
Released from Custody 4 6 10
Deceased 1 0 1
TOTAL 7 56 63
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