Detroit Police Department member dies from coronavirus, over 200 officers under quarantine

Posted at 7:34 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 07:34:44-04

A Detroit Police Department member has died from the novel coronavirus, according to the department.

7 Action News confirmed the deceased member was a 38-year-old civilian dispatcher.

DPD Chief James Craig will hold an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to discuss the department's first loss.

As of Monday, more than 200 officers have self-quarantined. There were eight confirmed cases within the department, as of Sunday.

Detroit Police say they may ask for the state's help as the number of officers infected with COVID-19 continues to rise.

Earlier this week, Chief James Craig encouraged his department to relax on some misdemeanor arrests in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Craig said issuing citations — writing tickets — impounding cars not used in a crime and making minor arrests can be a financial burden on the public during this particularly stressful time. This could also cut down on interactions between officers and the public, keeping his department safer.

Chief Craig wants to remind residents they are not turning a blind eye to crime, but this could help reduce the spread of the virus.