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15 more inmates test positive for COVID-19 in outbreak at SLO County Jail

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 19:43:20-05

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office reports that 15 additional jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest cases are part of an outbreak of coronavirus at the county jail that started around December 10. A total of 20 cases are reportedly linked to this outbreak.

Sheriff's officials say all infected inmates have been isolated and the affected housing units have been quarantined.

The 15 new cases were reportedly discovered after the testing of 100 inmates who were not showing symptoms.

The sheriff's office says it's working with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department to manage the outbreak. That includes regular testing of staff and inmates.

Sheriff's officials say two other inmates not linked to the outbreak have also tested positive recently, as has one other correctional deputy.

Since March, a total of 34 San Luis Obispo County Jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Twenty-one sheriff's deputies (8 patrol deputies and 13 correctional deputies) have also tested positive.