Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has tested positive for COVID-19 after developing symptoms late last week, his spokesperson announced Wednesday.
Jones received positive results of a coronavirus Tuesday, after being exposed to an employee who also tested positive, Sgt. Rod Grassmann wrote in a press release. Jones remains in isolation, as does his immediate family as they await their test results.
Jones experienced symptoms late last week, including lightheadedness, headache and fever. His symptoms began improving over the weekend, and he is now almost symptom-free, Grassmann wrote.
According to the press release, dozens of Sacramento County sheriff employees have tested positive for the virus.
Jones has been reluctant to enforce coronavirus restrictions, including mask mandates, social gathering limitations and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest curfew.
“My position on enforcing Covid restrictions ... has remained one of education rather than enforcement,” Jones wrote in an emailed statement last week.
CapRadio previously reported Jones had previously committed to breaking up social gatherings that violated public health restrictions, when his department sought over $100 million from the county in federal coronavirus relief funds.
The county awarded the money to cover the office’s payroll. The federal relief funds that went to the Sheriff’s Office in turn made available the same amount of money in county general funds, which the county could spend more freely.
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