Santa Barbara, Calif. – A civilian staff member, who was tested in the community after becoming symptomatic, has been found to be COVID-19 positive. The staff member last worked on Monday, August 17, 2020 in a position that does not have contact with inmates. The staff member consistently wore PPE while at work, became symptomatic on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and was tested that day in the community. The staff member did not return to work after becoming symptomatic and received the positive test result yesterday.
This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 39, with 36 having recovered and returned to work and 3 civilian staff recovering at home.