Rocha in ICU

Seen in this photo is Rocha’s hand. (Photo - Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE: This story has been corrected. The original version reported Oscar Rocha, senior deputy sheriff for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, was a Dublin officer.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ASCO) announced one of its senior deputy sheriffs has contracted COVID-19 and remains in critical condition.

ASCO published a social-media post via Twitter on July 12, announcing that Officer Oscar Rocha was hospitalized after contracting the virus and remains in an ICU bed. Rocha works in downtown Oakland in the courthouse and lives in Danville with his wife, Maureen. Maureen, who also came down with COVID-19 but has since recovered, said they’re taking it day by day.

“Some days, we get good numbers, some days we don’t,” she said. “They thought they needed a heart and lung machine, but they think he won’t need it now.”

ACSO Sgt. Ray Kelly reported Rocha has been with the force for 25 years and his condition has deeply affected the department.

“In our line of work, we’re like a family,” Kelly said. “It’s been a difficult time for his family and our agency. He continues to fight, though, and we hope he will continue to stabilize and improve … If people pray, we would love prayers, and if people want to send positive thoughts and energy, we would appreciate that too.”