2 BPD officers in Eastern District test positive for COVID-19, 42 officers quarantined

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Forty-two Baltimore Police Department officers assigned to the Eastern District are in quarantine after two officers there tested positive for COVID-19, the department announced today.

The 42 quarantined officers are awaiting test results or medical evaluations from partner health groups, including Med Star Health, the Maryland Department of Health and the Baltimore City Health Department.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the department is temporarily adjusting operations as a precautionary measure for the agency,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in a statement. “The safety of our members and citizens continues to be my top priority during this critical time, and we will continue to take the necessary steps to protect our members and the community.”

The district office has been sterilized, as have “all affected vehicles,” the department said.

An additional 26 officers from other jurisdictions are also in quarantine, the department said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 31 officers have tested positive for COVID-19, the BPD said. Of those who tested positive, 25 have recovered and been cleared to return to work.

Since the start of the pandemic, 428 officers have had to self-isolate for a period of time after possibly being exposed to coronavirus. Of those, 360 have been cleared to return to duty.

In all, 31 officers have tested positive for the virus, 25 of whom recovered and were permitted to return.

The department has required officers to wear personal protective equipment as they work their shifts and conducted daily health screenings to check temperatures and monitor for signs of respiratory illness.

In early April, the BPD briefly closed the Southwestern District office after an officer there tested positive. The station reopened after a deep cleaning.

Maryland State Poilce and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police have pledged support to the Baltimore Police Department to make up for any gaps in assignments due to officers who test positive or have to quarantine after possible exposure.

Brandon Weigel

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