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Salt Lake City police officer tests positive for coronavirus; 30 others quarantined

Steve Griffin, KSL, File

Salt Lake City police officer tests positive for coronavirus; 30 others quarantined

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 29, 2020 at 2:28 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City police officer has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

The department first learned of the positive case on Monday and said the officer is not a first responder.

Officials are working with the city health department to conduct contact tracing. So far, 30 other employees have been quarantined until health officials clear them.

“The health and safety of our officers and the community is our first priority,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a department statement.

Early on in the outbreak, the department implemented policies to protect employees, he continued.

Since Monday, officials have worked to disinfect the facilities used by the officer.

“We have planned ahead for such an event and feel confident in telling you that we will continue to have enough officers to perform the tasks that we have to accomplish,” Brown said.

The officer is not the first law enforcement official in the state to test positive for the disease. At the end of March, two Utah County Sheriff’s deputies tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

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