31st Santa Barbara Co. Sheriff's Office employee tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 18:16:25-04

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's service technician has tested positive for COVID-19.

It's the 31st sheriff's employee to test positive since the start of the pandemic.

The sheriff's office says the employee began experiencing symptoms at work last Thursday and was sent home to get tested.

She learned of the positive test result Saturday and is now isolating and recovering at home, according to the sheriff's office, which says she did not have any contact with inmates and wore a mask while at work.

The sheriff's office says it was determined through contact tracing that the infection was likely not job-related, as the worker reportedly lives with a relative who recently also tested positive.

All but 10 of the sheriff's office employees who have tested positive have recovered and returned to work, officials say.

There have also been positive cases among inmates.