April 7: Ventura County sheriff's deputy in Detention Services Division is reported to have COVID-19

Screenshot of Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub in April 7 videotaped briefing on county government response to COVID-19. He reported that the first county deputy sheriff has tested positive for COVID-19.


Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub reported April 7 that a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on April 6 received confirmation that he has tested positive for COVID-19.








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This is the first known case in the county involving an employee of the sheriff’s office. The deputy, who is assigned to the Detention Services Division, began experiencing symptoms recently during his days off. He immediately quarantined himself at home pending the outcome of the test, according to a press release from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Ayub reported to the county Board of Supervisors on April 7 that the deputy had contracted COVID-19, and then reported it at the county government video update in the afternoon.
The deputy is feeling better, and is anxious to return to work, according to the press release. 
Efforts are being made to evaluate individuals with whom the deputy had contact prior to experiencing symptoms, according to the press release.
The sheriff’s office continues to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its staff and inmate populations.

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