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Senior CCPD officer tests positive for COVID-19

David Blackmon named as interim police chief
Posted at 5:12 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:14:04-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local officer has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The city of Corpus Christi announced Monday that they would be increasing work-from-home efforts after at least 50 employees have tested positive for the virus. One of those employees is a Senior Police Officer in the Training Division.

"The City currently has at least 50 employees isolated due to a positive test result or exposure to COVID-19," said the city.

Out of respect for privacy, the name of the officer and other employees have not been released.

In a press release, the city acknowledged the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in South Texas.

"COVID-19 has been rapidly increasing throughout Texas, the Coastal Bend, and Nueces County," said the release.

City Manager Peter Zanoni plans on implementing City work from home protocols Tuesday.

“It is vital we maintain City operations. The two-week work from home protocol is one step we can take to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said City Manager Peter Zanoni. “Our number one goal at this time is the safety of our employees and their families.”

Other places and people affected by positive cases include the Gas Department, the Public Health Director, and Parks and Recreation employees.

A mandatory mask order is said to be in the works.