Sarasota sheriff’s office reports 94 employees with COVID-19 symptoms, 60 positive cases

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 7:18 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office says its has 94 employees off the job with COVID-19 symptoms.

In an email on Monday, spokeswomen Kaitlyn Perez said 60 of those have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“We are taking precautions in many ways to include masking deputies in the courthouse and in our facility when they are in close contact with inmates,” said Perez.

Despite these numbers, Perez said the office is not short-staffed, because they have been able to shift other employees to areas affected by the ill employees.

Perez says they are urging any employee experiencing any type of symptom to stay home including:

· Fever or chills

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Fatigue

· Muscle or body aches

· Headache

· New loss of taste or smell

· Sore throat

· Congestion or runny nose

· Nausea or vomiting

· Diarrhea

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