15 Union City police officers are on self-quarantine following possible coronavirus exposure, though the department says “multiple officers” are expected to return to work on Monday.
“The Union City Police Department has 15 officers who may have been exposed so as a precautionary measure, they have remained under quarantine for the appropriate time period,” the law enforcement agency posted on social media.
“We expect multiple officers who were quarantined to be back to work on Monday. The important message to take away from this is that our officers, as well as members of the public, must remain diligent and practice safe social distancing. Unlike members of the public, however, police officers experience an additional risk when responding to emergencies.”
The post also says that officers are using personal protective equipment and vehicles are being disinfected as extra precautions.
On Twitter, the UCPD said that they would not be releasing any further details when asked if the police chief was one of the officers who was on self-quarantine.
“In order to protect our Officersâ€™ privacy, we are not releasing the names of those that are quarantined,” they wrote.
After two Jersey City police officers tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced changes for first responders including no more roll calls and staggering shift times to limit face-to-face interactions.