A pair San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies have tested positive for COVID-19, department officials said Wednesday.
The two deputies, who are “assigned to corrections,” are currently resting at home and “experiencing flu-like symptoms,” according to a statement from Sheriff’s officials.
“The deputies entered self-quarantine due to an onset of flu-like symptoms prior to receiving test results and have been off of work for a week,” the statement said.
Sheriff’s officials said they are investigating how the correctional deputies were infected.
“Although we do not know when and where the deputies were exposed to the virus, we continue to encourage all members to heed the warnings of health officials while on and off duty,” the statement said. “Out of respect for our deputies, no additional details regarding their identity or medical treatment will be released.”
Victorville Daily Press
Flags were at half-staff at the Santa Rosa Police Department after Detective Marylou Armer died of complications from the coronavirus.
"This is a very difficult situation. She was way too young. Something very unexpected," said Police Chief Rainer Navarro. Armer's death Tuesday was the first from the coronavirus in Napa County where she lived. Her death was also believed to be the first law-enforcement death from the coronavirus in the state.
"We are considering this a line-of-duty death," Navarro said.
Armer, 43, was a 20-year veteran and was married. She worked as a field evidence technician before becoming a sworn police officer in 2008. As a detective with the domestic violence and sexual assault team, she interviewed crime victims at hospitals and jail inmates. Her last day at work was March 11.
KTVU-TV Fox 2 Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Fired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is attempting to return to the department again as a deputy trainee, Eyewitness News has learned.
A preliminary court ruling last summer upheld his termination. Now, letters from the L.A. County Director of Personnel Lisa M. Garrett to Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Mandoyan state that Mandoyan applied for a position as "Deputy Sheriff, Trainee" last month and was then placed on the department's list as eligible to be hired.
Mandoyan's lawyer Greg Smith tells Eyewitness News that there is no backdoor attempt to re-enter the department - that Mandoyan won't be rehired until a judge allows it. Mandoyan says that what he is doing is "totally legal and legitimate," and that the county told him previously that "he can always re-apply."
"I am not going to be homeless, I have to provide for my family," Mandoyan tells Eyewitness News. "I haven't done anything wrong -- I am not a problem child."
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Lompoc's police officers will have a bit of added protection as they continue to perform their duties amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the efforts of the city’s largest private employer.
DenMat, a company that normally specializes in manufacturing dental products, recently used its labs and equipment to produce dozens of bottles of hand sanitizer. The first batch of the sanitizer was donated Monday to the Lompoc Police Department, which has since placed 18 bottles at key work stations in the department’s headquarters and in each of its marked police vehicles to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. DenMat CEO David Casper said Wednesday that the inspiration for the donation was borne out of an impromptu conversation he had with Lompoc Police Chief Joe Mariani a few weeks ago at a Lompoc grocery store.
Santa Ynez Valley News
One of two people shot in San Mateo in what police call a gang-related shooting has died of his injuries, according to police.
The victim had been in critical condition after being shot in the head on March 27 in the area of Rogell Ave. and N. Kingston St. just south of Coyote Point. A second shooting victim was listed in stable condition.
San Mateo police said the 22-year old victim succumbed to his injuries Tuesday night at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
A San Mateo married couple, Nathan Rodriguez, 32, and Karla Rodriguez, 31, were arrested in the shooting, which police say was a targeted gang-related attack. Nathan Rodriguez was originally charged with attempted murder and assault with a firearm, while Karla Rodriguez was charged with being an accessory.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco