Two Jersey City police officers tested positive for COVID-19, one from the East District, and one from the West District, according to a memo from Police Chief Michael Kelly.
“On Friday, March 20th, this office was notified of a positive test of COVID-19 associated with an individual out of the West District and one from the East District,” Kelly’s memo says. The Record first reported the story late last night.
The last time the officer from the West District was at the station was March 13th, leading to the building receiving a deep cleaning, three cars put out of service, and three other people quarantined, according to the memo.
As for the officer from the East District, he was most recently at the station on March 11th, prompting an “aerosol and deep cleaning” of the facility and five others to be quarantined, the memo reads.
A third officer from the East District was also tested on March 11th and his results are pending.
City spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said both district are being deep cleaned again out of an abundance of caution.
On Twitter, Mayor Steven Fulop thanked everyone who can’t work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, assuring residents that the JCPD is still fully staffed today and that won’t change.
In an unrelated tweet, Fulop said the total number of Jersey City cases of coronavirus have risen to 50.
As of Saturday morning, 89 cases have been announced publicly: 50 in Jersey City, 15 in Hoboken, two in West New York, four in Kearny, one in Secaucus, two in Weehawken, nine in North Bergen, and six in Bayonne.