Montgomery County officer tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:26 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 16:26:16-04

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — A Montgomery County officer has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the County, based on the initial investigation, it appears the police officer had limited interaction with the public but did work across several sections of the police department.

At this point, it doesn’t appear he was infected as a result of his work.

The Department of Health and Human Services is leading the contact investigation and is working with the police department to notify anyone who may have encountered this person.

According to Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, this is the first case of any County police officer testing positive for the virus.

“While this case is concerning, it is not surprising as coronavirus knows no bounds,” Gayles said. “Please know we are diligently working to keep all our first responders, County employees and residents as safe as possible. As the number of individuals with COVID-19 increases across the state, we are unfortunately likely to see more cases among our first responders. As of today, there are 190 total cases in Maryland; 68 of which are in Montgomery County.”

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