Clearwater Police officer tests positive for COVID-19

CLEARWATER — Clearwater Police Department has announced that one of its officers has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer is the first from the agency to test positive.

In a press release, Clearwater PD said it found out about the positive test the morning of April 9 and is taking precautions with those who may have come in contact with the officer.

The officer has been out sick for more than a week and is presently recovering at home.

The agency has taken several steps during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to minimize potential exposures to the virus. Those steps include:

• Taking temperatures of employees reporting for duty if they work closely with one another, such as in the communications center.

• Dispersing detectives from the main building to off-site locations, such as closed recreation centers.

• Funneling more incident reports to be taken online or via the telephone to minimize exposure for officers.

• Supplying surgical masks for employees to wear in areas of shared office space.

• Requiring employees to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms or a member of their household has flu-like symptoms.

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