“Yesterday, December 1, Sheriff Scott Jones received positive test results for Covid-19,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “It was tested when she showed symptoms at the end of last week after a worker’s exposure to the workplace was later positive.”
His symptoms, including fever, congestion and fainting, began last Friday, the statement said. His family is also in quarantine.
The sheriff is among dozens of employees in the Sacramento County sheriff’s office who have contracted the virus despite strict security practices and adherence to security protocols, the department said. It is not clear how and who infected these people.
Rodney Grassmann, the sheriff’s spokesman, told CNN that Jones was doing well and almost all of his symptoms had subsided. He refused to provide further details.
“The sheriff was an elected civil servant, so he wanted to share the diagnosis with the public, but at the same time it was a state of health and thus a private matter for the sheriff and his family,” Grassmann added.
In Sacramento County, Covid-19 cases are growing rapidly. The county shattered its previous one-day case count on Wednesday, reporting more than 1,100 new confirmed cases. The county has a test positivity rate of 10.7%, which is significantly higher than the state-wide rate of 6.9% – the narrowest level of reopening in California.
Last month, Jones said he would not implement the curfew issued by Newsom, which bans unimportant gatherings for the vast majority of the state’s 40 million residents between 10pm and 5am.
“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will not determine, in connection with a curfew, stay at home, Thanksgiving or other social gathering, any conditions relating to a curfew, stay at home, Thanksgiving or other social gathering, including entering a house or business. adherence to or enforcing a health or emergency provision. home, maximum utilization, or mask assignments, ”Jones said in a Nov. 19 press release.
Jones resisted previous restrictions by officials, including Newsom’s June 18 nationwide mask mandate.
“Due to the minor nature of the crime, the possibility of a negative outcome during enforcement meetings, and the anticipation of various methods of violating the order, it would not be appropriate for MPs to enforce the governor’s mandate in criminal law,” the agency said.
Instead, the department said it will operate with “educational capacity.” He encouraged residents to wear masks, especially among high-risk groups.
Jones is not the first sheriff in this position. In June, an Arizona sheriff who refused to enforce Governor Doug Ducey’s home residence order later gave a positive result for Covid-19.