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First employee of Bloomington police tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Oct 06, 2020

BLOOMINGTON — An employee of the Bloomington Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced on Tuesday. It is the first employee of the police department to test positive during the pandemic.

According to a report from the city, the employee began self-isolating on Saturday after first experiencing symptoms. The positive test result came on Tuesday. The employee was tested on Monday.

The city's statement said the employee who tested positive is not a patrol officer, had minimal contact with the public during the 72 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. The city has decontaminated the facilities, vehicles, and equipment that the employee came into contact with.

The police department has completed CDC guidelines to identify co-workers with whom the employee may have interacted with in order to prevent further transmission of the virus.

According to the statement from the city, this marks the 11th positive test among city staff. The last employee to receive a positive result was a City of Bloomington Utilities employee, which was reported on Sept. 14. Previously, one city employee also reported a positive COVID-19 antibody test result and two employees of the municipal corporation that operates the Bloomington Transit system reported positive COVID-19 viral test results.

According to a university spokesman, no members of the Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington have tested positive for COVID-19.