BRISTOL – Four police officers in Bristol are in quarantine and awaiting further test results after being in close contact with an officer who tested positive for coronavirus.
Several of the officers took “rapid tests” and received negative results, but Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said city officials “prefer the more reliable PCR test.”
Zoppo-Sassu and police Chief Brian Gould issued a statement Monday announcing an officer of the Bristol Police Department had tested positive for covid-19. This is the first officer in Bristol to test positive for the virus since the pandemic began. The statement issued Monday noted some officers were in quarantine after the Bristol-Burlington Health District determined they had what has been described as “close, sustained contact” with the officer who tested positive.
Zoppo-Sassu Tuesday clarified there are four officers in quarantine, in addition to the officer who tested positive.
“The officers, because they are considered essential workforce, could be released from quarantine to work with a negative PCR test, and an agreement to wear masks at all time, have their health conditions monitored daily, and to return home after work within the balance of their 14 day quarantine,” Zoppo-Sassu said. “Otherwise, they have to be out for the full 14 days to ensure they do not develop symptoms since their ‘close contact.’”
City officials have also said they have been prepared for a first responder testing positive for covid-19 since March. Thus far, this has been the first reported case of either a city police officer or firefighter testing positive for the virus.
Gould Monday noted the action plan the city put in place was enacted immediately after the infected officer, who has not been identified, reported feeling ill last week and later received a positive test result.
“It should also be noted that all city employees have been encouraged to get tested regularly and many in the (police department) have been, even though they have not been deemed close contact this last time,” the mayor said.
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