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Sixth SLO Co. sheriff's deputy tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 19:31:44-04

Another patrol deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has tested positive for COVID-19.

The sheriff’s office says the deputy, who is based at the sheriff’s main headquarters, developed symptoms on Monday and was tested the same day.

The results reportedly came back positive Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office says it’s not believed there was any workplace exposure as the deputy was wearing a mask while on duty. They are now reportedly recovering at home.

“Since March 2020, a total of six Sheriff's Deputies have tested positive for the virus: 3 Correctional Deputies and 3 Patrol Deputies. In the Jail, there have not been any new cases of COVID-19 in inmates in over four weeks. The total number of inmates who have tested positive remains at four,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

Jail procedures include screening, testing and isolating sick individuals, according to the sheriff’s office.