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Sheriff who refused to enforce COVID rules tests positive

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A California sheriff tested positive for COVID-19 after refusing to enforce a statewide mask wearing mandate.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones had mild symptoms — which included a fever, congestion and headache last week — and tested positive Tuesday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The sheriff’s department said Jones is feeling better and is quarantining at home.

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Jones’ diagnosis comes after he refused to enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order in June requiring the public must wear masks at all times.

In November, Jones shot back again when he failed to enforce social distancing and social gathering rules as the state was experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases during Thanksgiving.

“The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will not be determining—including entering any home or business—compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings inside or outside the home, maximum occupancy, or mask mandates,” the department said. “Further, we will not dispatch officers for these purposes.”

Gov. Newsom announced this week that he plans to issue stay-at-home orders for California’s hardest hit counties.

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