SANTA CRUZ—Several inmates at Santa Cruz County Main Jail tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday in what jail officials say is the most significant outbreak since the start of the pandemic.
According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Robbins, about 12 inmates have tested positive are under quarantine protocol.
The rash of cases came to light during routine testing, Robbins stated in a press release.
Those who tested positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
The inmates who test positive will be isolated and monitored by medical staff, Robbins said.
Approximately 35-40 inmates were exposed as well, and are also under quarantine, he said.
Anyone brought into the jail is given a rapid PCR test, and are quarantined until they receive a negative test result.
Inmates are also offered the Covid-19 vaccine, provided masks, given extra cleaning materials, and encouraged to socially distance themselves.
Jail officials say they are investigating the source of the outbreak.
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of all 279 inmates at the main jail as well as our staff,” Robbins said.