Four employees at the Broward Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the quickly spreading coronavirus. And, 103 other workers at the agency are in self-isolation as they either await a test result or because they may have come in contact with the virus, BSO said Friday.
The announcement by the agency, which has close to 2,800 sworn officers and 5,400 employees overall, adds to the growing list of first responders in South Florida who have been affected by the disease. BSO did not say if the workers infected were sworn or civilian personnel.
“There are 107 cases in various degrees, still,” said BSO spokeswoman Miranda Grossman.
Grossman said that 100 BSO employees who had isolated have already returned to work.
Also Friday, Coral Gables confirmed that two members of its almost 200-person sworn police department who had been quarantined had tested positive for the virus.
On Thursday, Miami police, an agency of 1,300 sworn officers in which dozens have self-isolated the past two weeks, said its first two officers who tested positive for the disease were home recovering. Most of the Miami cops who went into self-isolation have already returned to work.
The city’s entire motorcycle squad was quarantined two weeks ago after learning that several people in a diplomatic corps from Brazil that the officers had escorted through South Florida, had tested positive.
Also confirmed to have contracted the virus were a Hialeah Police Department detective and one police officer with the Miami-Dade County Police Department, the largest in the southeastern U.S., with 3,000 sworn personnel and over 5,000 employees. Spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said 19 Miami-Dade cops are home after being self-quarantined. He said most of them took the precaution after returning from travel.
This story was originally published March 27, 2020 2:23 PM.