San Luis Obispo Co. Jail dealing with new COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 3:53 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:53:19-05

The San Luis Obispo County Jail is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says four sworn custody staff and one inmate are currently affected.

The outbreak began Saturday when the sheriff’s office says a newly-arrested inmate needed aid from custody staff, who was wearing full PPE.

The inmate, who is no longer in custody, was later diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital.

The sheriff’s office says since the incident on Saturday, four staff members have experienced COVID-19-like symptoms.

The sheriff’s office is working with local public health officials to identify anyone else who may have been exposed or in need of testing or to be quarantined.

The latest inmate case brings the total number of inmate COVID-19 cases to 90 at the jail since the start of the pandemic.

Twenty-one patrol deputies and 27 sworn correction staff have also had confirmed COVID-19 cases during that time.