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Custody Deputy, Non-Sworn Staff and Five Additional Inmates are COVID-19 Positive, One COVID Positive Inmate Released

Santa Barbara, Calif. – A Custody Deputy, a non-sworn staff member and five additional inmates have been found to be COVID-19 positive, and one COVID-19 positive inmate has been released. The Custody Deputy and the non-sworn staff member were both tested on December 31, 2020, last worked on January 1, 2020 and were found to be COVID-19 positive today. Both employees are asymptomatic and consistently wore masks while at work.  This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the entire pandemic to 82.

Four inmates in one housing area and one inmate from another housing area in general population were found to have COVID-19 related symptoms on January 1, 2021, were rapid tested and found to be COVID-19 positive. All inmates in the associated housing areas were screened and offered testing. Over 100 inmates were tested, and all returned as negative. Both of the effected housing areas are being quarantined and closely monitored. Eight of the COVID-19 positive inmates are being housed in negative-pressure housing areas, while four are housed together in a unit that is separate from the general population. All COVID-19 positive inmates are consistently monitored by medical staff. One of the inmates who was positive upon intake has since been release, bringing the number of active COVID-19 positive inmates in the Main Jail to 12.

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 6 6 12
Recovered 2 66 68
Released from Custody 11 11 22
Deceased 1 0 1
TOTAL 20 83 103
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