An L.B.P.D Officer has Tested Positive for Coronavirus.
An L.B.P.D officer has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total cases of confirmed infections to 70.
Here's the Situation:
The officer is a Long Beach resident and works out of the West Patrol Division, located in the Lower Westside neighborhood of Long Beach.
The officer is currently in self-isolation and the employee’s partner officer was also directed to self-quarantine during the 14-day incubation period. An investigation, by the Long Beach Health Department, into how the officer was exposed to the virus is ongoing.
City officials say they have informed other employees who may have been exposed to the virus and the L.B Health Dept will be conducting additional testing as needed.
The City performed a deep cleaning of the West Division facility and designated police cars.
What they're saying:
LB Mayor Garcia: "Our police officers are on the frontlines every day, bravely putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are providing support to the impacted employees and their families and continuing our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our city.”
City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis: “We recognize the potential impact of a positive test for a first responder,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We are committed to ensuring that this officer, and all of our confirmed positive cases, receive the necessary guidance and support to manage this health issue.”
LBPD Police Chief Robert Luna compared the news to being "kicked in the groin" during a press conference.
By the Numbers:
13 Long Beach firefighters have tested positive for Covid-19.
1 L.B.P.D officer has tested positive.
70 individuals have positive for the virus.
1 Long Beach resident has died due to complications regarding to the coronavirus
12 individuals have recovered.