Five Dallas Police Officers Warned Of Possible Coronavirus Exposure

Steven Pickering
March 03, 2020 - 6:13 am
Dallas Police

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Five officers with the Dallas Police Department were given time off from work after a man they recently arrested was sent to Parkland Hospital to be monitored for signs of the coronavirus.

The move is part of DPD's contagious disease policy.

The officers were all involved with arresting or transporting a domestic violence suspect on Sunday. They were called to an apartment complex on Hudson Street and arrested a 24-year-old man. That suspect also sustained some injuries during an assault and was taken to a hospital for treatment, then to the Dallas County Jail where he was charged with assault-family violence.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says during the screening process at the jail, he told staffers that he had recently traveled to another country. The jail had recently expanded its intake screening process because of the Coronavirus concerns. The man was taken by private ambulance to Parkland Hospital for observation.

All five DPD Officers that came in contact with the man were notified about the potential exposure and were given a day off as a precaution. They're all expected to be back on-duty during their next regularly scheduled shifts. Their five squad cars were temporarily removed from service for extensive cleaning.