A Muskogee Police Officer has tested positive for COVID-19; the officer was experiencing flu-like symptoms and immediately self-quarantined at home.
According to the Muskogee County Health Department, the officer seems to be doing better and on the recovery side of the illness
The Muskogee Police Department immediately began investigating any contact the officer had with other officers or citizens.
Four officers were in close proximity; they are being isolated at home for fourteen days. No symptoms have been displayed, and they are considered low risk, according to the Muskogee Health Department.
The Muskogee Police Department would like to remind citizens, "our officers are on the front line every day dealing with this pandemic, and we want to keep them as safe as possible so they can continue to serve the citizens they swore to protect."
The following info is to keep both citizens, and the Muskogee Police Officer's as safe as possible:
- If you call the Muskogee Police Department for service, and a current member of your household has been traveling, quarantined, or is displaying signs of respiratory illness to include fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, please notify our dispatchers so our officers can utilize the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to the call.
- If you call us for service, our officers will request to speak with you outside the residence to gather the proper information. Officers have been instructed to keep a minimum of 6 feet while interviewing everyone when possible. This is in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We ask that the public utilize this universal precaution as well.
- Please DO NOT come to the Muskogee Police Department if you are sick. If you need to make a report, it will be done over the phone.
Once the affected officer has been symptom-free for 72-hours without any medication, they will be cleared to return to work.
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