Detroit police, firefighters see COVID spike but no 'crisis situation'

  • Source: Detroit News
  • Published: 11/19/2020 01:28 PM

The city's police and fire departments, which were ravaged by the coronavirus at the outset of the pandemic, are dealing with a recent spike in positive cases, prompting the temporary shutdown of a Detroit Police unit. The good news: No Detroit police officers or firefighters were hospitalized from the virus Thursday, officials said. The police department Thursday had 82 employees quarantined — 61 of whom tested positive for the virus, and the rest who had symptoms and were sidelined as precautionary measures, police chief James Craig said. Of the employees with positive cases, 51 are sworn officers, the chief said. Craig said a "small specialized unit" was shut down and its members quarantined Monday after two officers assigned to the crew tested positive for the virus. He said for strategic reasons he didn't want to publicly reveal which unit was out of operation.


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