Baltimore Police Southwest District temporarily closed after officer tests positive for coronavirus

Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 07:25:44-04

A Baltimore Police officer tested positive for coronavirus and now the southwest district is temporarily closed.

As a precaution, Commissioner Michael Harrison has ordered all officers assigned to the station in the 400 block of Font Hill Avenue to self-quarantine.

The Southwest District and all vehicles assigned to the district are being sanitized. Units from other districts will be used to help maintain police coverage within the Southwest District.

“I commend Police Commissioner Harrison’s decision to adjust operations at the Southwest Police District,” Mayor Young said. “Safeguarding the health of the public and our hard working officers will remain our top priority. I am thankful to the men and women of the department, who continue to protect and serve during an extremely difficult time.”

Once the department was made aware of this potential exposure to COVID-19 by the officer at the station, steps were immediately taken to reduce the risk to officers and the community.

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

"All of our residents need to remain vigilant and continue to comply with the Governor's Stay at Home Order to limit the risk of exposure to this dangerous and deadly disease," Mayor Young said.