LAX, LAPD officers test positive for coronavirus

Los Angeles County Public Health is investigating the infections and attempting to determine anyone else that may have been infected


Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles International Airport police officer and a Los Angeles Police Department supervisor have tested positive for the coronavirus, airport officials announced Sunday.

A statement from the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said the airport was working closely with Los Angeles County Public Health to identity other officers and employees who have had close contact with the unnamed officer LAX police offier.

“We will be following their direction regarding the need for anyone else to self-quarantine, be tested for the virus and/or seek medical attention,” the statement read. “We will continue to follow all directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and County Health on how we can best protect our employees and guests and reduce the spread of germs.”

L.A. County health officials, meanwhile, have confirmed at least two coronavirus cases involving screeners at LAX, KTLA reported.

Later Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced that it had identified "its first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving one of its employees."

"A uniformed supervisor assigned to our Pacific Division exhibited flu-like symptoms around March 5th," the tweeted. "He went home and sought medical treatment including being tested for COVID-19. Those results returned positive today."

LAPD officials said the supervisor was improving and expected to make a full recovery. No other personnel from Pacific Division have experienced symptoms, the department added.

As of Sunday, Los Angeles County has reported at least 54 coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to at least 288.

California officials, like their counterparts in other states, have urged the public to restrict interactions in an effort to curb the virus’ spread through communities.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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