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Some Local First Responders Test Positive For COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

A Columbus police officer tested positive on Saturday for COVID-19. 

The officer self-quarantined and self-monitored and sought testing. The division is making staffing changes in the event officers are exposed, moving patrol to four-day work weeks. They will then work an 8 hour shift on stand-by. Officers will also be ready to work, if needed, if several others are out sick. A Cincinnati police officer is under self quarantineafter he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.  Two fellow officers are also under self-quarantine pending test results. 

Columbus fire officials say eight firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19. Six are currently recovering at home. The other two are back at work because the virus ran its course and they are no longer considered contagious. 36 firefighters are in isolation because they've had symptoms. 19 are in quarantine because they had close contact with a symptomatic colleague.