Sheriff’s employees with COVID-19 worked in the jails

San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City. Photo from Sundt Companies website.

By the Daily Post staff

The two San Mateo County Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 worked at the county’s jails, according to spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Josephson.

The Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said that two employees, whose job descriptions were not released, are not jail officers or deputies.

However, yesterday, Josephson clarified that the employees did work in the jail, but did not say where in the jail they worked or if their job requires them to come into contact with any inmates.

The Post both called and emailed the Sheriff’s Office to get further information, such as the job titles of those infected, and if more testing is being done among inmates and employees at the jail, but did not hear back.

The two employees are quarantined at home and under the treatment of their doctors. They haven’t been at work since late March and the two cases don’t appear to be related, according to the sheriff’s office.

The areas where the infected employees work have been professionally cleaned and disinfected. In addition, screening is in place for anyone entering the facilities and medical personnel are on alert for symptoms, the sheriff’s office said.

No inmates have tested positive, but with decreased inmate populations, there is ample space to quarantine if needed, according to the sheriff’s office.