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3 San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies, 1 inmate test positive for COVID-19

3 San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies, 1 inmate test positive for COVID-19

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Three San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies, including the first patrol officer, and an inmate tested positive for COVID-19 last week, according to a spokesman. 

The patrol deputy was tested after developing a cough and received a positive result Friday, according to sheriff's spokesman Tony Cipolla, who added the deputy last worked Wednesday and wore a mask in all interactions with the public. 

Public health officials initiated a contact tracing investigation, and several affected staff are quarantined and being monitored for symptoms. 

Two correctional deputies, who last worked July 10 and 11, developed symptoms after their shifts and later tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Cipolla. 

The deputies had contact with inmates while at work and were required to wear masks. Housing areas where they worked were quarantined. 

One inmate, who was asymptomatic, tested positive for the coronavirus following a testing sweep of everyone in the unit where the inmate was housed, according to Cipolla. 

Officials are continuing to monitor and test inmates and staff in accordance with public health guidelines. 

The Sheriff's Office has tested more than 300 inmates, with at least 50 of those tests being given in the span of 24 hours, Cipolla said. 

Four sworn sheriff's staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic started in March, with the first case reported July 9.

Additionally, three inmates have tested positive. 

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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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