L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Says 307 Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported today that 307 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus pandemic began, along with 2,383 jail inmates.

According to statistics released Friday, 398 department employees are currently quarantined, and 1,616 have returned to work after being quarantined.

Of the 307 employees who tested positive, 218 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian personnel. Of the 398 employees currently quarantined, 284 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian personnel. And of the 1,616 employees who have returned to work after being quarantined, 1,123 are sworn personnel and the remainder are civilian.

In the jail system, 4,936 inmates are currently quarantined, and 200 are in isolation. Of those in isolation, 154 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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