Santa Barbara, Calif. – On Saturday, November 14, 2020, two custody deputies with unrelated possible exposures, sought testing at community testing sites. Both tested positive for COVID-19.
The two custody deputies tested negative on Tuesday November 10, 2020 while on duty at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail as part of routine surveillance testing. One of the deputies began experiencing symptoms on Saturday after a potential family exposure, and sought testing. The other deputy was notified thru contact tracing of a potential exposure in Los Angeles county, and sought testing. The results of the testing conducted at the community testing sites was positive. Both deputies last worked in the custody facility on Thursday November 12, 2020. All deputies assigned to custody facilities within the Sheriff’s Office are required to wear PPE while in the facilities.
This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 45, with 42 having recovered.