San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow –who lives in Escalon – took to the sheriff’s department Facebook page for his monthly address on Monday, July 13. It was during that brief talk that he told viewers he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“June 30 I came down with cold symptoms,” the sheriff explained, adding that to be safe, he made an appointment to be tested for COVID the following day. Eight days later, he got the results, which came back positive.
“I’m fine, all my symptoms went away,” he assured viewers. “I’m very fortunate, thank God it didn’t progress.”
He said employees at the sheriff’s department routinely wear masks and follow social distancing protocols and he did stay home while awaiting the test results and until he was clear of the virus.
“I’m past it now and able to come back to work,” Withrow added. “My family so far has not shown any symptoms, I’ve been through it and come out the other side.”
Along with informing viewers about his coronavirus experience, the sheriff also thanked the community for what he termed the “overwhelming outpouring of love and support for our department” that has been shown by local residents. He said the department employees all work hard to earn the community’s trust and support and will continue to do so.
“That means so much to me and my family here,” he said of department employees feeling the appreciation and support.
He also urged residents to adhere to the latest countywide orders regarding efforts to flatten the curve of the ongoing pandemic.
“Stay safe and God bless,” the sheriff said.