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Kern County Sheriff's Staff And Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

Sheriff Donny Youngblood announces COVID-19 cases in county jail.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced on Tuesday a dozen cases of COVID-19 among staff and inmates in the county jail. That’s why the county is now releasing some inmates without bail. 


Sheriff Youngblood announced on Facebook the judicial council is requiring the release of some inmates with low level misdemeanors and felonies, with no bail.  


“We’re working with the district attorney Cynthia Zimmer going through each and every one seeing who we have to release and who we don’t,” Sheriff Youngblood said.


This includes people who haven’t been to trial yet. But Sheriff Youngblood says that number should remain small. 


“We have experienced approximately 10 employees in the organization who have tested positive,” he said. “We have two inmates in our facility who have tested positive. They are being isolated."


But with many pending cases, Youngblood says that number could change.


Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.