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Carterville police officer tests positive for COVID-19
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Carterville police officer tests positive for COVID-19


CARTERVILLE — A Carterville police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Tuesday statement from Mayor Brad Robinson.

Robinson said the officer is recovering at home in isolation and does not require hospitalization. The officer's identity and specific work responsibilities won't be released, Robinson said, to protect the person's privacy.

The employees of the Carterville Police Department are being tested for the virus "and the appropriate precautions are being taken within the department," Robinson said. 

Test results are expected to take 24 to 48 hours. 

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Robinson said the officer who tested positive will not return to work until the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department says it is appropriate.

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"Other officers are continuing to operate as normal. Clerical and support staff are isolating at home," Robinson said. 

He said the officer who is positive had been away from the office for seven days before the positive test. Other officers had limited exposure to that officer and their risk is considered to be low.

"At this point, we are doing what other essential workers have done when there is no direct exposure — social distancing and working regular schedules," Robinson said.  

Robinson said the city has prepared for the possibility of an employee testing positive for the virus. The department has practiced social distancing during the governor's stay-at-home order and will continue that practice. 

In the event others within the department test positive, Robinson said they have a plan in place. The city has mutual aid agreements with nearby police departments, and they would help police Carterville, if necessary. 

"I want to reassure the community that we remain fully capable of delivering public safety services," he said.

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