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Virus at San Luis Obispo County jail declared 'over'

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 20:10:26-05

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, a COVID-19 outbreak at the jail has been declared over by the county health department.

In a statement today, the sheriff's office says the last positive case linked to the outbreak was diagnosed on January 12. The majority of the jail patients are doing well. One was hospitalized and two others had to be taken to the emergency room. Inmates are no longer isolating and the area affected by the outbreak is no longer under quarantine.

The jail has heightened safety restrictions in response to the pandemic. The sheriff's office says those exposed to the virus are quarantine, PPE is required, inmates and staff are tested, and they have also increased cleaning measures.

Jail staff are also being vaccinated. According to the sheriff's office, staff were offered the COVID-19 vaccine last week.

A total of 84 inmates, 36 sheriff's deputes, 16 patrol deputies, and 20 correctional deputies have tested positive for COVID-18 since March 2020.