4th Dallas Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Three other officers who have COVID-19 are recovering at home, DPD says

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A fourth Dallas police officer tested positive for the coronavirus, the department said Wednesday morning.

The officer, whose name was not released, worked at the South Central Patrol and has been out sick since March 24.

A police news release did not describe the severity of the officer's symptoms.

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The area of the building where the officer worked has been sprayed and sanitized by a contracted cleaning crew, the department said.

No other officers have shown signs of symptoms as of Wednesday morning.

The department says three other officers who have COVID-19 are recovering at home and did not require hospitalization.

How to Avoid COVID-19 Infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

*Information shared from the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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