Champaign police officer tests positive for COVID-19

By Heather Robinson, Assistant Daytime News Editor

A Champaign police officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The city of Champaign confirmed the case in a news release on Thursday night.  

While the officer’s condition does not require hospitalization, the officer is self-isolating at home. In order to maintain the individual’s privacy, the city will not provide further information on the officer’s identity or current medical condition. 

City employees that have been in direct contact with the individual were notified, and instructed to self-quarantine and continue to monitor the status of their health. 

In accordance with public health protocols, any other individual who possibly engaged in contact with the officer will be notified. 

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde said the top priority of the local healthcare providers is to provide the best community care by identifying the virus and minimizing its exposure. 

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“Our agency is working closely with Champaign Police and City officials regarding this recent diagnosis,” Pryde said. “We are making sure that all appropriate protocols are being followed to identify any individuals who may have been in direct contact with this officer and to provide them with appropriate guidance regarding the need to self quarantine.”

Chief of Police Anthony Cobb also spoke out on the matter, wishing for the quick and full recovery of the officer. 

“Our department has been proactive in taking as many precautions as possible to reduce exposure for our officers and the public, and we will continue to do so,” Cobb said. “We have worked tirelessly to prepare in the event that one of our employees tested positive. I want to reassure the community that we remain fully operational and able to deliver responsive public safety services.”

According to the release, the officer will not be returning to work until it is deemed appropriate by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. 

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