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Three Church Point officers test positive for COVID-19; department taking measures to prevent spread

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Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 16:08:31-04

Three Church Point Police Officers who were put on quarantine have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Friday July 10, Chief Dale Thibodeaux took to Facebook to announced the developments. He says that it has been a week and a half since those officers were immediately placed on quarantine after they began feeling ill.

He says that the officers who tested positive posed no threat of infection to the community before quarantine.

"During the quarantine symptoms escalated and they were sent to be tested. As of today the test results have come back positive. These officers were no threat of infection the public or other officers due to them being already quarantined previously to the symptoms starting," Thibodeaux said.

Thibodeaux says that the department has taken measures to prevent any further spread.

He says that officers will respond to calls but will keep their distance and handle the situation to the best of their ability. All arrests, when needed, will be brought to the Acadia Parish Jail for incarceration. If a complaint can be made over the phone , callers are asked to give the dispatcher as much information as possible. An officer who is waiting on a business to close will no longer go inside. The officer will sit in a unit in the parking lot.

No one but police officers and staff are allowed in the police department, according to Thibodeaux's post.

"These safety precautions are being done for both the officers safety and public safety. Please understand we still here and can protect you at 100 percent and will continue to do so," he said.

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