LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Sheriff’s Information Bureau confirmed, but did not provide further details.
Sheriff’s Captain Lorena Rodriguez told the Los Angeles Times that Villanueva is in good spirits and vaccinated but did not confirm if he is boosted or disclose how he contracted the virus.
Villanueva is against the county’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, saying it would decimate the ranks of what he calls an already depleted department. He said deputies should have the option of undergoing regular testing rather than being forced to get vaccinated.
Many residents who are both vaccinated and received boosters continue to report being diagnosed with COVID-19 with LA County continuing to report daily upticks in positive tests despite LA County Public Health reporting 72% of LA County residents are fully vaccinated.
City News Service contributed to this report.