Richmond Police officer tests positive for virus

Posted at 3:04 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 15:04:20-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond Police officer is recovering at home after she tested positive for COVID-19, according to a city spokesperson.

The officer, who is in her 40s, traveled to New York before getting sick.

"Preliminary investigation by Richmond City Health District (RCHD) and Richmond Police Department (RPD) has not determined any potential for close contact with Richmond residents during this time period. However, RCHD and the RPD are reviewing and investigating any possible additional close contacts the officer may have had during the performance of her duties," the spokesperson said. "Another co-worker who had been in close contact with the officer is under self-quarantine and is self-monitoring for symptoms."

“My first concern is for her and her family and the extended family of her co-workers,” Richmond Police Chief William Smith said. “We have taken precautions to limit exposure to our staff and to the community we serve. It is extremely important that we all continue to do our part in controlling the spread of the virus through the recommended protocols.”

“Because we are seeing significant community spread it is not surprising to have a documented occurrence in the government workforce,” Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City Health District, which serves the City of Richmond and Henrico County, said “We continue to encourage members of our community to take every precaution to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19 to mitigate its impact on the residents of our region.”