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Dallas police officer has been confirmed as positive for COVID-19

Dallas police officer has been confirmed as positive for COVID-19

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A Dallas police officer has been confirmed with COVID-19.

According to a release from the DPD, it's an officer working out of Northeast Patrol, who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 19.

The individual, said to be a woman, has been isolated and is currently doing well.

Three coworkers, who met the definition of "close contact," are currently being quarantined as a precaution.

The Northeast Patrol station is the same station that was beset by bedbugs. Some bad juju going on over there.

The release says that the department is working with the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services "on any other steps that need to be taken" regarding the coronavirus case.

"In the meantime, one of the city's contractors has been notified, and began sanitizing the building for the wellbeing of all officers currently utilizing that space at Northeast," it says.

In addition, DPD's Chief Medical Officer Alex Eastman is consulting with officers who may have come in contact with or been exposed to the officer.

Measures taken to prevent the virus include:

  • DPD has issued 3,200 bottles of hand sanitizer with 60 percent or more alcohol, as well as 6,000 boxes of gloves
  • Extra cleaning and sanitizing, especially in common areas such as main entrances, restrooms, and elevators
  • Officers have also been given commercial cleaning and sanitizing products for their vehicles.

"We know that some of our officers will contract the virus," the release says. "DPD is prepared to address the issue with sound medical advice from our experts as well as a contingency plan to maintain operations to keep the community safe."