COVID-19 And Public Safety

Cleveland Police Union Head Says Cops Should Focus On Major Incidents Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The president of Cleveland’s police union said on Monday that officers should scale back “proactive policing” to protect officers from exposure to coronavirus.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said he believes officers should focus on high-priority calls and crimes of violence and pay less attention to less serious calls like traffic stops or non-violent neighbor disputes.


Metro Transit Police Officer Tests Positive For Coronavirus Prompting Police Station Closure

The Metro Transit Police Department closed its District 2 station Monday for cleaning and disinfecting after a patrol officer tested positive for the coronavirus, transit officials said.

The officer was tested Sunday and received the positive results Monday, which prompted an immediate closure of the police station and the isolation of seven police employees who had been in recent contact with the officer, the agency said.

The station, located off the Franconia-Springfield Parkway near the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, is one of two transit police bases and home to more than 100 officers. Officers based at the station serve Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stations and rail lines and bus routes south.


COVID-19 Means Increased Safety Protocols For Police

To ensure the health of New Hampshire’s police officers, departments are implementing new measures to keep their officers safe from COVID-19.

Some officers have halted hand-shaking, while some departments are prohibiting fingerprinting services to the public and others are stopping station tours and ride-alongs and limiting public access to their facilities.

Many police departments are asking their officers to handle all non-emergency situations by telephone, including police in Mont Vernon, Merrimack and Hollis.


170 Houston Fire Dept Personnel Have Reported Potential Exposure To Coronavirus, Union Says

These appear to be the early days of the coronavirus problem in Houston, yet already 170 Houston Fire Department employees have reported potential exposure to the virus through patient contact, according to the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Union President Patrick “Marty” Lancton said only two firefighters among that large group have been tested for COVID-19. He said the results came back negative.

The other 168 reports have resulted in firefighters returning to work, almost immediately, and answering more calls after personnel, equipment and vehicles are sanitized.


Fire Department, EMS No Longer Quarantining First Responders Exposed To Coronavirus Patients

The New Orleans Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services are no longer assigning two weeks’ quarantine for first responders exposed to coronavirus patients, according to NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell and EMS spokesperson Jonathon Fourcade. Instead, those who have been exposed but aren’t showing any symptoms of the virus will continue to report for duty.

Exposed firefighters will now be required to wear medical masks and closely monitor themselves for any potential symptoms, including taking their temperature twice a day. All EMS workers, meanwhile, will wear masks and take their temperature regardless of exposure, Fourcade said. 


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