LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported today that 198 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, along with 707 jail inmates.
According to statistics released Thursday morning, 540 employees are currently quarantined, and 1,126 have returned to work after being quarantined.
Of the 198 employees who tested positive, 144 are sworn personnel and the remainder are professional -- civilian -- personnel. Of the 540 employees currently quarantined, 397 are sworn personnel and the remainder are professional personnel. And of the 1,126 employees who have returned to work after being quarantined, 754 are sworn personnel and the remainder are professional personnel.
In the jail system, 5,050 inmates are currently quarantined, and 331 are in isolation.
Of those in isolation, 262 have tested positive and the remainder have been tested, but results are pending.
Isolation is defined as being for ``individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher and are exhibiting symptoms of an upper respiratory infection,'' while quarantine is for ``individuals who have had close contact of 10 minutes or more with a person currently under observation.''
More information is available on the department's coronavirus updates page, https://lasd.org/covid19updates.