3 Santa Barbara Co. Sheriff's employees, 2 inmates positive for COVID-19

Posted at 7:02 PM, Dec 23, 2020

Three more Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office employees and two jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the sheriff's office, the affected employees include a sheriff's deputy and two custody deputies.

This brings the total number of sheriff's office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 69. Sheriff's officials say 50 of those employees have recovered and returned to work.

The sheriff's office says the two inmates were found to be positive for COVID-19 during the intake screening process. Both are now being housed in negative-air pressure housing areas separate from the general population.

A total of 94 county jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Six of those cases are currently active, according to the sheriff's office. The rest have recovered or been released. One inmate died.