1 Baltimore County police officer, 1 fire department member test positive for COVID-19

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One member of the Baltimore County Police Department and one member of the Baltimore County Fire Department tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday.

“I am grateful for the dedication of the brave men and women serving on the front lines, and we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our first responders,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the recommendations of federal, state, and local health officials as we work to serve those who serve us throughout this rapidly evolving public health crisis.”

The fire department member, who worked in support services, has mild symptoms. Both the member and police officer are in self-quarantine, county officials said.

“Our police officers are on the front lines in our community each day during this pandemic. Please continue to keep our officer in your thoughts during recovery,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.

Baltimore County Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund said that fire department personnel’s health and well-being are “of utmost importance.”

“Our residents depend on us to be there for them, and those of us on the front lines of this pandemic need to take care of ourselves in order to do that,” Rund said.

Hyatt urged community members to stay home and meet officers outside if possible when they are responding to a call for service.

“We will continue to take all possible precautions to keep both our workforce and our community safe,” she said.

The statement said the Baltimore County Department of Health is coordinating with state health officials to conduct investigations for both cases to identify any people the two first responders may have come into contact with and to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus.

The statement added that both departments are following the health department’s guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing work areas and equipment. Members are also taking other steps to limit the spread of coronavirus, including using personal protective equipment and participating in daily health check-ins to ensure anyone with symptoms of illness is sent home.

The announcement from Baltimore County came a day after Baltimore City officials announced that two EMS providers with the Baltimore City Fire Department and one Baltimore police officer tested positive for COVID-19.

Marcus Dieterle

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