California sheriff positively tests COVID-19 after refusing to enforce state restrictions


A California sheriff gave a positive result on COVID-19 on Tuesday after previously refusing to enforce state restrictions to reduce the spread of infectious disease.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday that Sheriff Scott Jones received a positive coronavirus test the previous day after showing symptoms at the end of last week.

Jones began symptoms of COVID-19 last Friday after being exposed to an employee who later tested positive for the virus.

“Sheriff Jones’ symptoms began last Friday and were mild, including fever, congestion, headache and headache,” the office said in a statement. “He started to feel better on Sunday morning, and he has almost no symptoms left today.”

The sheriff follows official health recommendations and is self-employed. His immediate family is waiting to get their test results back and will be quarantined.

Jones is one of “dozens of employees of the Sacramento sheriff’s office who … infected the virus,” the ministry said in a statement, without specifying how many and how they became infected with the virus.

Rodney Grassman, the sheriff’s spokesman, told The Hill in a statement that Jones was “doing well and had almost no symptoms.”

He said the sheriff did not give an interview on the result of the test, saying: “The sheriff is an elected civil servant, so he wanted to share the diagnosis with the public, but it is a health condition and thus a private matter for the sheriff and his family.

Jones ’positive test follows after the sheriff refused to enforce many of the restrictions imposed by the California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom, a megachurch in California, says he is meeting his “biblical mandate” after a Supreme Court ruling, the mayor of San Jose apologizes for the Thanksgiving gathering, contrary to the rules. (D).

In November, he said his office would not enforce Newsom’s curfew against non-essential gatherings between 10pm and 5pm and would not send officers to deal with violations.

“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will not determine compliance with, or compliance with, health or emergency regulations related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving, or other home or home gatherings,” the department said. on November 19 Press release.

In June, Jones issued a notice saying the office “recommends that everyone continue to practice safe practices, including wearing masks”. But he said his deputies would not punish offenders, saying it was “inappropriate” because of the “minor nature of the crime”.

Sacramento County is ranked among the 52 counties in California where the risk of a coronavirus is considered prevalent. The county has a positive rate of 9.4 percent and registers 26.6 new cases per 100,000 people per day.