More than 2/3 of Indianapolis first responders stricken with COVID-19 have recovered and returned to work

Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 13:00:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The number of Indianapolis first responders who are back at work after recovering from COVID-19 continues to increase.

According to statistics provided Monday by Aliya Wishner, chief communications officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, City of Indianapolis, 41 of the 60 first responders with IMPD, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services who were diagnosed with the coronavirus have been cleared and returned to work.

Fewer than 2% of the city's police officers, firefighters and IEMS providers have tested positive for COVID-19.

First responders who test positive for the coronavirus are self-quarantined at home and monitored for the progression of any symptoms they experience. They can only return to work after thave are medically cleared by a doctor.

Wishner said anyone calling 911 is asked to be honest with the dispatcher about any flu-like issues they or anyone in their family are experiencing and that residents should meet responders at the door or on the front porch if they are able.