OCSD COVID-19 Updates

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OCSD COVID-19 UPDATES 

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.
  • All training at the Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy.

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.

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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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Newsroom & Resources

March 27, 2020 
Early release of sentenced inmates from Orange County Jail

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 27, 2020): Communities across the United States are in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis. As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


March 24, 2020 
Orange County Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

ORANGE, Ca. (March 24, 2020): An inmate in Orange County Jail has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate, a man in his 40s, was booked into the Orange County Jail on June 17, 2018 on suspicion of child endangerment, torture, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon.


March 20, 2020 
Stay Cyber Safe during COVID-19

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We understand residents want to educate themselves with the latest and most accurate information on COVID-19 to keep themselves and their loved one’s information safe. Unfortunately, there are scammers who look to capitalize on such situations and attempt to steal or exploit personal information.

The Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in malicious emails, mobile applications and websites promoting fraudulent COVID-19 information. However, there are things you can do to protect your personal information.


March 20, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Jail institutes changes, makes accommodations in response to COVID-19

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 20, 2020): Based on directives handed down by federal, state and local authorities, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has implemented measures in response to COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of the public, personnel and those in our custody in Orange County Jail facilities.


March 16, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Visiting, programing at OC Jails temporarily suspended; free inmate phone calls offered

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 16, 2020): Based on recommendations from local, state and federal health authorities, and as part of the department’s ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, the Sheriff’s Department will temporarily suspend public visitation and inmate programming at all Orange County Jail facilities.


March 16, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff implements proactive measures to limit exposure to COVID-19

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 16, 2020): Earlier today, Sheriff Don Barnes issued directives and implemented a strategy for decreasing potential COVID-19 exposure to the community and Department personnel.

“Our foremost responsibility is to keep the community safe, while implementing precautionary measures to safeguard the health of the public who rely on our service and the members of the department who respond to their call,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.


March 13, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Visiting at OC Jails temporarily suspended in response to COVID-19 concerns

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 13, 2020): Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and as part of the department’s ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, the Sheriff’s Department will temporarily suspend inmate visitation at all Orange County Jail facilities, with the exception of attorney visitation.

The temporary suspension will be in effect from Saturday, March 14, through Monday, March 16. The Sheriff’s Department on March 16 will reassess whether to extend the suspension.


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