36 Milwaukee Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 4:56 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 17:56:50-04

MILWAUKEE — As of Thursday, 36 Milwaukee Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the department.

According to a press release from MPD, many of the 36 have fully recovered and returned to work. However, there are still some under self-quarantine.

During this pandemic, officers respond to over 500 known COVID-19 positive locations per week, the news release says. There's also the additional traffic stops, citizen contacts, and other interactions that place the officers at risk for catching the virus.

In the release, MPD wrote, "Due to current limitations on testing capacities, MPD prioritized District 5 as the first location to receive testing as it is located in a heavily affected area. Our goal is to provide a test to every member of our department as additional tests become available."

All MPD members are required to wear their own personal protective equipment when interacting with the public.

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