UPDATE: One additional inmate tests positive, Santa Barbara County Main Jail COVID outbreak case number now eight

Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-19 19:56:51-05

UPDATE (Nov. 19, 1 p.m.): The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released a statement Friday updating the information on the jail outbreak.

According to officials, since Nov. 5, one additional inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 and is associated with the outbreak in the West Module.

The total number of cases in the outbreak is now eight. Seven of the eight inmates have since recovered and only one case remains active.


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is reporting a new outbreak of COVID-19 at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail.

Sheriff's officials say it began on Sunday, Oct. 31, when two inmates in the West Module tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of seven inmates have reportedly tested positive since October 31.

Sheriff's officials say there are currently eight active cases among inmates in the facility that are being closely monitored by medical staff. One of the active cases is an inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 during the intake screening processes, has been housed separately since that time, and is not associated with the outbreak.

The sheriff's office says COVID-19 positive inmates are isolated for a minimum of 14 days and monitored by medical staff.

All exposed inmates are reportedly under quarantine. Inmates residing in the West Module were antigen tested on November 2 and will be tested again 5, 7 and 10 days from the date of exposure.