OCSD COVID-19 Updates

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This information is intended to be a resource for the public on Sheriff’s Department-specific action related to the Novel Coronavirus. All information provided on this website is subject to change and will be re-evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis.

A Message from Sheriff Barnes

Operational Impacts

The Sheriff’s Department will continue to provide emergency services throughout the county. Several temporary changes have been implemented to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 for both our personnel and the public.

All Sheriff’s Department buildings and contract city police services substations are closed to the public. Public counter business hours will be reinstated when it is deemed safe to do so.

Patrol deputies will utilize discretion in responding to calls for service that require social contact. Where possible, deputies will call reporting parties and take necessary reports over the phone.

In addition, community service officers and motor deputies will not respond to non-injury traffic collisions unless vehicles are disabled in the roadway or creating a hazard.

An online option for filing lost property reports currently is available to residents HERE.

Programs & Training

The department has temporarily suspended all non-essential programs and training until further notice:

  •  All department tours and civilian ride-alongs.
  • All volunteer program, which include jail programs, senior volunteer and Explorers.

Inmate Health & Safety

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The Sheriff’s Department has taken proactive steps to safeguard the health and safety of those in our custody. We have implemented temperature screening for every person who enters our jail facilities, including inmates, Sheriff’s personnel, and outside agencies booking an inmate.

In partnership with the County Health Care Agency’s Correctional Health Services, the Department also has enhanced symptom screening for jail intake. 

Several additional temporary changes have been implemented in the Orange County jail facilities to further protect the public, staff and those in Sheriff’s Department custody.

Visiting, excluding attorney-client visitation, and all volunteer programming has been temporarily suspended. The Sheriff’s Department understands the impact and importance of maintaining contact with family and having access to programs.

To that end, the Department has directed the following:

  •  Each inmate will get access to two, free five-minute calls per week
  •  Inmates will have access to free stationary and stamps to maintain written communication with family and friends
  •  Provide access to electronic religious services, if available

All newly booked inmates are placed into a 14-day quarantine and are tested for COVID-19 prior to being housed in general population. If any inmate shows COVID-19 symptomology, the inmate is isolated from the general population and tested. Additionally, any inmates who may have been exposed to the virus are quarantined for 14 days, and tested for COVID-19 prior to being rehoused in general population and resuming normal court appearances.

When to call 9-1-1

Please do not call 9-1-1 to inquire about COVID-19 testing, information or county response. Emergency lines need to be reserved for emergencies only so the Sheriff’s Department can ensure the quickest possible response time to residents in critical need.

  When to Call 911
How Can I Help?

It is important for us all to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities as we navigate this unprecedented time. However, there are things we can do to stay connected to our community and offer help to those who need it, when possible. 

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