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St. Petersburg police officer tests positive for coronavirus

The officer had not been in contact with anyone in the department or on the road since March 10, the agency said.
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Published Apr. 6, 2020|Updated Apr. 7, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus, the St. Petersburg Police Department announced to its employees on Monday.

The officer fell ill after taking a vacation, and before he returned to work. Has not been on duty, been in contact with police personnel or been inside a police facility since March 10, the agency said.

The officer’s positive test came back Monday morning, according to an email St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway sent to police personnel that day. The department did not disclose the officer’s current medical condition.

This is the department’s first sworn law enforcement officer to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Another St. Petersburg police employee, who works in the emergency communications center, tested positive on March 25. That employee has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, the agency said.

The police department has tested a total of 12 employees for COVID-19. The other 10 tests came back negative.

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