Coronavirus hits Prince George’s police force


Two Prince George’s County Police Department officers have tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to announcements.

Police announced the first confirmed diagnosis among its force April 2, 2020, the same day the test results came back. According to that announcement, the undisclosed officer began feeling ill nine days earlier on March 25, 2020. Since that day, the officer has been under self-quarantine at home. As a result of his diagnosis, several other officers were under quarantine.

“The news of this positive test result should not discourage county residents from calling 911 to report a crime,” police said in the April 2, 2020, announcement.

In an April 4, 2020, announcement, Prince George’s County Police Department said a second officer had tested positive for the disease. Police released much less information this time, saying they only had reached out to those who may have had recent contact with the officer.

In both announcements, police said a “deep cleaning” of the diagnosed officers’ workspaces was done.

As with other announcements from county agencies, there are several details police did not announce, citing medical privacy laws. It is unknown from which station or stations the infected officers worked.

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