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COVID-19 surge impacting some jails in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Santa Barbara County Jail officials say two dozen inmates have now tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the latest surge of the virus.

One jail reports new outbreak, while another is banning most visitors.

The latest COVID-19 surge is creating a new wave of impacts for some jails on the Central and South Coasts.

A total of 24 inmates have now been diagnosed with the virus as a result of the latest outbreak at the main Santa Barbara County Jail, in Santa Barbara.

None of the inmates have required hospitalization.

Meanwhile, because of COVID-19 safety concerns in-person visits have been suspended at Ventura County’s Todd Road Jail facility. People can still do video visits.

In person visitation has been suspended at least until December 23rd, with officials saying they will reevaluate the situation then. Attorneys and other business-related visits are still being allowed.

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.