UPDATE: MARCH 26, 9:45 A.M. | According to the Tampa Police Department, 30 officers are now under quarantine. Additionally, 45 others are now being monitored after possible exposure to the coronavirus while on duty.
On Wednesday, News Channel 8 confirmed that one officer has tested positive for COVID-19.
Please check back for the latest updates on this story.
UPDATE: MARCH 25, 7:00 P.M. | The Tampa Police Department has issued an update after announcing an officer tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Tampa Police Department, the officer was recently hired in August and last worked on March 15.
While off, the officer became ill and contacted the occupational nurse on March 18.
The officer was immediately self-quarantined and placed under a doctor’s care who subsequently had the officer tested for COVID-19. On March 25, the test came back positive for COVID-19.
Tampa police say the officer’s condition is improving. At this time, there are no other reports of symptoms coming from other members of the same squad.
Currently, 35 officers are in quarantine with nine additional officers awaiting test results.
UPDATE: MARCH 25, 4:20 P.M. | At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said a Tampa officer tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day.
This news comes after 8 On Your Side learned 42 officers went under quarantine due to coronavirus concerns.
Read more below.
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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Officials with the Tampa Police Department told 8 On Your Side that 42 police officers are under quarantine due to coronavirus concerns.
Chief Brian Dugan made the announcement Wednesday during a Facebook live message to residents.
Of them, 15 officers were possibly exposed in the line of duty, Jamel Lanee’, a spokeswoman for the department, said. Others were on recent travel and are under quarantine out of an abundance of caution, she said.
“It’s a severe problem for us,” said Dugan. “My concern is that people are not taking this lightly. They are not thinking about what they’re doing to the first responders out there.”
Lanee’ explained that none of the officers have tested positive.
“We’re good with staffing,” she said. “We’ve have to make some adjustments. As far as officers on the street, we have to respond. There’s no way out of that.”
This announcement comes after the Florida Department of Health released the latest coronavirus numbers in the state. Currently, there are 1,682 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 22 deaths resulting from the virus. There are 257 cases in Tampa Bay, 106 being in Hillsborough County.
“Stay home for us so we can be there for you,” Dugan said.
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