LAPD officers get temperature checked before shift to help stem spread of coronavirus

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L.A police Lt. Jay Hom helps assemble safety kits for field officers on March 11 at Piper Technical Center in Los Angeles. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

L.A police Lt. Jay Hom helps assemble safety kits for field officers on March 11 at Piper Technical Center in Los Angeles. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Police Department is taking the temperatures of its officers as they arrive for their shifts to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus inside the department, which has seen 26 employees test positive.

Anyone with a temperature will be sent home immediately and directed to get medical treatment. “We are taking every step to ensure officers’ health,” Assistant Chief Horace Frank said.

Department roll calls are now conducted with officers spaced far apart to ensure social distancing as part of efforts to get as many officers as possible working. Those with even slight signs of illness have been ordered to stay home, Frank said.

Workspaces are now frequently sanitized, and officers are equipped with N-95 masks and gloves and goggles to use in the field if needed.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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