DETROIT (FOX 2) - Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced on Friday that five Detroit Police officers and one civilian contract employee have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 150 are being quarantined for possible exposure.
Craig made the announcement on Friday, saying he expects those numbers to increase in the coming days as more tests are conducted.
During Friday's press conference, Craig said there is cause for concern that so many officers are sick or possibly sick. However, he said it will not affect services and said the department would not turn a blind eye to crime.
Craig said he expected the numbers to increase.
The worst precinct hit, Craig said, was the 9th precinct where many officers interacted with someone at an event who, at the time, was not showing any symptoms when they were together.
Most officers who had been quarantined have since returned to work.
Due to privacy reasons, Craig did not fully elaborate on where the officers all work.
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