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First Montgomery County Police Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

For Immediate Release: Saturday, March 21, 2020

The first member of the Montgomery County Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the initial investigation, it appears the police officer had limited interaction with the public but did work across several sections of the police department. At this point, it doesn’t appear he was infected as a result of his work. The Department of Health and Human Services is leading the contact investigation and is working with the police department to notify anyone who may have encountered this person.

According to County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, this is the first case of any County police officer testing positive for the virus. “While this case is concerning, it is not surprising as coronavirus knows no bounds,” says Gayles. “Please know we are diligently working to keep all our first responders, County employees and residents as safe as possible. As the number of individuals with COVID-19 increases across the state, we are unfortunately likely to see more cases among our first responders. As of today, there are 190 total cases in Maryland; 68 of which are in Montgomery County.” 

Dr. Gayles strongly encourages everyone to continue following these practices to try to stay well: do not go out unless necessary, do not gather in groups of more than 10 people, maintain distance between you and others and wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For the latest COVID-19 updates visit Montgomery County’s COVID 19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCoMD

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Release ID: 20-110
Media Contact: Julie Parker 240-777-6507