JERSEY CITY, NJ - Two members of the Jersey City Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, according to a memo by Chief Mike Kelly and notice from Carmine Dibrow, president of the union that represents the city’s rank-and-file police officers.
“Unfortunately, this was a scenario that was not unexpected,” Disbrow said. “Which also means it is something we have been prepared for.” Disbrow would go on to describe that all the JCPD’s buildings and patrol cars have been undergoing “an extraordinary cleaning and sanitization regimen” over the past days.
Masks, tyvek suits, and personal bottles of hand sanitizer have also been distributed to all members on duty.
Kelly’s memo describes that one of the two officers stricken with the virus last worked in the West District on March 13 while the second worked in the East District on March 10. The two came into “close contact” with a total of eight individuals during this time leading to a total eight police officers being quarantined as a health precaution.
Both documents gave virus-related directives to JCPD members including that they should contact their supervisors immediately if they believe they have been exposed and contacting their own healthcare provider if they are experiencing any of the symptoms.
“At no time should you report for work if you are feeling unwell in any way,” Disbrow advised, concluding that “whether you are working or not please remember to wash your hands regularly and to practice social distancing.”
“Unfortunately we will be seeing more of this,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a Facebook post regarding the positive cases. “It reminds us how appreciative we are of those front line workers that can’t work from home and are needed out there every day,” he added before wishing them a “speedy recovery.”