San Joaquin County sher­iff tests pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus

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San Joaquin County Sher­iff Pa­trick Withrow tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus ear­lier this month, he an­nounced Mon­day.

In a Face­book video state­ment posted Mon­day evening, Withrow said he came down with “cold symp­toms” on June 30 and took a test the next day. Eight days later he re­ceived a pos­i­tive test re­sult.

“I’m fine, all my symp­toms went away a week ago and I’m very for­tu­nate thank God that it didn’t progress, be­cause in some fam­i­lies it’s got­ten very se­ri­ous,” he said in the video.

Withrow ap­pears to be the first sher­iff in the state to pub­licly an­nounce hav­ing con­tracted the virus, though sher­iff’s deputies and cadets across Cal­i­for­nia have tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus in re­cent months.

Withrow, whose brother is Stanis­laus County Su­per­vi­sor Terry Withrow, did not say how he be­lieves he was in­fected with the virus. He added that while work­ers in the Sher­iff’s Of­fice wear masks and main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing, he has cre­ated a list of re­cent con­tacts he’s had to hand over to the pub­lic health depart­ment for fur­ther no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Let’s be vig­i­lant, if you start not feel­ing well or any­thing like that please get your­self tested,” Withrow said.

San Joaquin County has be­come a wor­ry­ing hotspot for COVID-19 in Cal­i­for­nia. There are cur­rently nearly 7,000 cases of the coro­n­avirus in the county, with more than 700 re­ported just over the week­end.

Pa­trick Withrow

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