Rockford Police Officer Tests Positive For C0VID-19

From a joint new release from the City of Rockford and the Rockford Police Department:

On Thursday, April 3, 2020, the Rockford Police Department was notified that an officer tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The officer is self-isolating at home and is doing well.

The Rockford Police Department’s response to COVID-19 continues to change to respond to this quickly evolving situation. The department works closely with the Winnebago County Emergency Operations Center and follows the Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC)’s recommendations as standard operating procedure.

As the situation evolves, the department updates its procedures to follow the most current CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. The department also works with the Winnebago County Health Department to quickly adapt, adopt, and implement the highest standards for safety for workers. Current guidelines include officers wearing personal protective equipment, including googles, N95 masks and disposable gloves, on all calls for service or when expected to have contact with anyone in the general public closer than 6 feet. Officers will also have their temperatures taken at the beginning of every shift.

“Our people are our best asset and we will do anything and everything we can to keep them safe,” says Police Chief Dan O’Shea. “The health and safety or our first responders and all City employees are of the utmost importance,” says Mayor Tom McNamara. “As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to implement further practices to help protect all of our employees and the community.”