Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman for his department confirmed Tuesday.
Villanueva was in good spirits, Captain Lorena Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, told The Times.
She did not confirm whether the vaccinated sheriff was boosted or say how he contracted the virus.
In February, the LA County Board of Supervisors moved to remove responsibility for enforcing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate from Villanueva, who has repeatedly said he will not fire any deputies who refuse to be vaccinated.
The sheriff, who is seeking re-election, has repeatedly criticized the mandate, claiming its enforcement would result in a “mass exodus” from the force.
In lieu of the mandate, Villanueva required weekly coronavirus tests from unvaccinated employees and threatened to discipline employees for disobedience if they refused to share their vaccination status.
After a close primary, the sheriff faces a November runoff against retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, who trailed Villanueva by about 5 percentage points.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-21/los-angeles-county-sheriff-alex-villanueva-positive-for-covid-19 L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tests positive for coronavirus