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TPD Chief Franklin: First Tulsa Police Officer Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:41:33-04

TULSA, Okla. — On March 31, a Tulsa Police Officer tested positive for coronavirus, according to Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin.

Franklin said, "The officer was already under quarantine and the officer did test positive."

Several other officers are now in quarantine as a precaution. Chief Franklin says the areas of buildings, which could be contaminated, have been cleaned and disinfected.

"All of our stations are being disinfected on a routine basis. We have a city crew that goes around and does nothing but decontamination now," said Franklin.

As the threat of more officers becoming infected increases, Chief Franklin says he is planning ahead.

"We will always have enough numbers to be on the street. If that means that at some point in time that we run out of personal from the patrol division, we're going to take people from detective division and some of our non-uniformed position and put them back in uniform," Franklin said.

Chief Franklin urges everyone to follow the Mayor's Safer at Home order, not only to protect the public, but also those who are sworn to protect.

Franklin said, "We are not any different than any other piece of a community. We are just as susceptible."

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