Baltimore County Police officer, fire employee test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 3:07 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 15:17:03-04

TOWSON, Md. — A Baltimore County Police officer and employee with the fire department have tested positive for COVID-19.

The officer is recovering and is currently in self-quarantine.

“Unfortunately, we just received confirmation regarding our first positive COVID-19 case of one of our officers. 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 Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “We ask that the community continues to assist us in staying safe by remaining home and meeting our officers outside on calls for service whenever possible. We will continue to take all possible precautions to keep both our workforce and our community safe.”

The Fire Department employee works in Support Services and has mild symptoms and is also self-quarantining.

“The health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance,” said Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund. “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.”

The Baltimore County Health Department, in coordination with state health officials, has initiated contact trace investigations for both cases to help determine any contacts each individual may have had and to take appropriate precautions as needed to limit the spread of the virus.

Both cases are the first in the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments.

There are currently 580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. So far five people have died.