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New COVID-19 Outbreak at South Coast Jail

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office
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There's been a new COVID-19 outbreak at the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Nearly 70 inmates and staff members test positive for the coronavirus at the Santa Barbara County Jail.

There’s been a new COVID-19 outbreak at a South Coast jail.

The Santa Barbara County Jail had 11 inmates, and one staff member test positive for the coronavirus in mid-August. Since then, the total grew to 65 inmates, and four staff members. The outbreak is centered around the South Module of the jail.

One inmate had to be hospitalized. Those who were infected were isolated.

With the help of the Santa Barbara County Health Department, testing was stepped up to insure the outbreak is being controlled. It’s the first major outbreak at the Santa Barbara County jail in the last few months.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.