Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Both deputies are recovering at home.
The first deputy who tested positive, last patrolled the Santa Maria area on March 21. The next day, he fell ill, experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
He later tested positive for the virus.
A second deputy, who had ridden in a patrol car with the infected deputy, fell ill on March 27, and then tested positive for the virus.
Working closely with public health personnel, the sheriff’s department has been tracing each of the deputies’ contacts with the public and coworkers in a proactive effort to identify possible exposures.
“The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in our commitment to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service during this trying time,” according to a county press release. “While the challenges of controlling the spread of COVID-19 present another layer of safety concerns for deputies, we are dedicated to safely and effectively keeping the peace.”