In April 2020, Jail Health Services, a section of the Department of Public Health, began offering COVID-19 testing at booking to new arrestees who are housed overnight in San Francisco county jail. Results are returned in about six hours. People who test positive for COVID are isolated until they are released or recover.

Dept. of Public Health coronavirus prevention

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COVID-19 Outreach Toolkit

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is on the front lines of the coronavirus public health emergency, working to prevent exposure and the spread of COVID-19 while protecting public safety. 

The Sheriff’s Office is operating under a COVID-19 response and action plan with addenda as required. Emergency actions have included:

  • Implementing aggressive enhanced screening at booking through our Jail Health Services, a section of the Department of Public Health, to rapidly identify and isolate any persons with symptoms or exposure related to COVID-19. 
  • Suspending county jail visits and programs on March 13, 2020, to protect incarcerated persons.
  • Postponing evictions beginning midnight, March 17, 2020, until further notice.
  • Closing the Women’s Resource Center and suspending classes at the SFSO Community Programs building.
  • Continuing to support justice-involved people on alternatives to incarceration through individual client services at our Community Programs Building at 70 Oak Grove.
  • Working with the courts and our community partners to identify and secure housing and services for early releases who do not have a location to shelter in place. 
  • Expanding the Sheriff’s law enforcement protections to include Moscone Center where the City is staging its Emergency Operations Center, and to COVID-19 testing sites.
  • Providing patrol wagons for citywide district transfers.
  • Deploying more deputies to expanded perimeter patrols.

Please check this page for the latest Sheriff's Office communications regarding COVID-19.