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COVID-19 outbreak in Tri-Counties jail now tops 100 inmates

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Main Santa Barbara County Jail has infected 119 inmates. None have required hospitalization.

119 inmates test positive at Santa Barbara County's Main Jail. Spike at Ventura County Jail leads to shutdown of in-person visitation.

A COVID-19 outbreak at a jail in the Tri-Counties continues to mushroom in size.

38 additional inmates have tested positive for the virus at Santa Barbara County’s Main Jail since last Thursday. Since the surge was first detected December 9th, 119 have tested positive.

The outbreak started in a dormitory style area of the jail which houses about 50 inmates. Only 22 of the inmates had symptoms. None of them required hospitalization.

Meanwhile, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced a quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at its main jail. There’s been a spike in cases there, but the numbers haven’t been released. The jail has suspended public visits at least through January 4th.

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.