Four Tampa police officers tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the past week, bringing the total cases the department has seen since the start of the outbreak to seven.
The four officers are in quarantine, according to a news release issued by police Monday afternoon. Spokesperson Jamel Laneé said she couldn’t comment further on the officers’ health. Within the department, 46 people are in quarantine.
One of the officers who tested positive is a school resource officer who started experiencing symptoms June 2 and tested positive for COVID-19 two days later, according to the release. The three other officers became symptomatic June 10, 11th, and 12th, and were placed on quarantine June 12.
It’s unclear where the officers, three men and one woman, came into contact with the virus, Laneé said. The department did not release any more information about the individual officers.
Others are being monitored by the department’s occupational nurse. The department is monitoring 31 officers for signs of symptoms. Three other officers who had tested positive for COVID-19 prior have returned to work, Laneé said.
Other law enforcement agencies and jails around the Tampa Bay area have been impacted by the pandemic. Last week, staffers and inmates tested positive for the virus at the Pinellas County Jail. In April, officers at the St. Petersburg and Clearwater police departments tested positive for COVID-19 and deputies at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were placed on quarantine.