L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Says 301 Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported today that 301 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus pandemic began, along with 2,162 jail inmates.

According to statistics released Thursday, 419 department employees are currently quarantined, and 1,573 have returned to work after being quarantined.

Of the 301 employees who tested positive, 215 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian personnel. Of the 419 employees currently quarantined, 299 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian personnel. And of the 1,573 employees who have returned to work after being quarantined, 1,096 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian.

In the jail system, 4,990 inmates are currently quarantined, and 220 are in isolation. Of those in isolation, 170 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.''

On Monday, Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County's public health director, confirmed the county's first known case of a jail inmate dying due to the virus.

More information is available on the department's coronavirus updates page, https://lasd.org/covid19updates.


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