St. Louis County Police officer tests positive for coronavirus as cases near 300

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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announces the newly instated Special Response Unit in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

An officer in the St. Louis County Police Department has tested positive for coronavirus, one of 70 new cases announced Saturday by the county.

The officer, who was not named by the department, is currently in isolation. The officer lives in St. Louis County and is counted as one of a total 291 positive cases of COVID-19 so far in the county, county police spokesman Sgt. Benjamin Granda said.

It is not believed that the officer caught the coronavirus on the job, and no other cases linked to the officer’s case are known at this time.

“Appropriate and necessary safeguards to protect the police force and anyone we serve have been fully implemented,” Granda said, including cleaning and disinfecting any areas or cars that the officer came into contact with.

Members of the department who may have come into contact with the officer are following recommendations from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Despite the challenges of this pandemic, the manpower of the St. Louis County Police Department stands ready to serve and is fully able to protect the safety and security of the public,” Granda said.