LAX police officer, LAPD sergeant test positive for COVID-19

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A Los Angeles Airport Police officer and a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant have tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed Sunday.

“We are in touch with Los Angeles County Public Health,” Los Angeles International Airport spokesperson Heath Montgomery told KTLA in a statement. “They have the information on the officer and are working to identify any other officers or employees who may have had prolonged or close contact with this individual.”

County health officials are interviewing anyone else who may have been exposed, according to LAX.

“We will continue to follow all direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and County Health on how we can best protect our employees and guests and reduce the spread of germs,” Montgomery said.

L.A. County health officials have confirmed at least two coronavirus cases involving screeners at LAX.

Also Sunday, the LAPD announced its first confirmed case of the virus in a department emlployee.

“A uniformed supervisor assigned to our Pacific Division exhibited flu-like symptoms around March 5,” the department said in a written statement. “He went home and sought medical treatment including being tested for COVID-19. Those results returned positive today.”

Officials added that the employee’s condition was “already improving,” and he was expected to make a “full recovery.”

No other personnel assigned to the LAPD’s Pacific Division has experienced symptoms or been isolated, the LAPD said.

A through cleaning and disinfection of the affected employees work area was being carried out Sunday.

As of Saturday, the county has reported a total of 53 COVID-19 cases. Officials said they’re seeing more evidence of community spread.

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