GRPD officer tests positive for COVID-19
August 5, 2020
A Green River Police Department officer tested positive for COVID-19 Monday afternoon, leading to the officer being isolated at home.
According to a press release from the city, the patrol officer is in good condition and the department believes it is a single positive case. The officer was not named in the press release due to HIPPA regulations.
The officer’s partners were directed to quarantine for the 14-day incubation period and the department is investigating where the officer may have contracted the novel coronavirus. Sweetwater Public Health has also notified anyone who has had close contact with the officer.
“Our police officers are on the front lines every day, bravely putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our community,” Chief Tom Jarvie said in the press release. “Our department has been proactive in taking precautions to reduce exposure for our officers and the public. We have been preparing for this possibility and recognize the potential impact of a positive test for a first responder. I want to reassure the community that we remain fully operational and able to deliver responsive public safety services.”
Following the positive test, the department completed a deep cleaning of the facility and vehicles possibly contaminated by the virus. Additional testing will take place as needed.
Despite the infection confirmation, the department does not want the news to deter residents from using emergency services should a situation call for it.