UPDATE: 7 Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputies test positive for COVID-19
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says as of Monday evening, seven deputies have tested positive for COVID-19.
LSCO says all of the deputies were feeling symptoms of the virus and reported it to the department.
On June 24, the sheriff’s office reported they had two deputies test positive for COVID-19.
The Florida Department of Health was called in to help, and traced four more cases to those first two deputies.
The Sheriff’s office says the seventh deputy is not linked to those six cases but tested positive on Monday.
Deputy Shade McMillian tells WCTV, the department requires deputies to wear masks and protective equipment is available for the department.
“The mask ordinance exempts public service workers like law enforcement officers, but LSCO has an agency mask policy that we are required to wear masks at all time during duty, unless we are in our vehicles or able to properly practice social distancing measures,” McMillian said.
The sheriff’s office says all of the deputies are self-quaranting at home.
Other staff who came in contact with them are also staying home and being tested.
LSCO says there are no cases of COVID-19 in the jail at this time.
They add other deputies will be pulled from different units to cover for the deputies who are out.
“LCSO is continuing to work with the Florida Department of Health to identify and notify any others who may have had contact with these deputies,” an LCSO press release said. “We also continue to monitor the impact of the exposures and take precautions to reduce the spread of the virus.”
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