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Baltimore County first responders test positive for COVID-19

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County officials announced on Friday that a member of the Baltimore County Police Department and a member of the Baltimore County Fire Department have tested positive for COVID-19.

These are the first Baltimore County public safety personnel to test positive for the virus.

“I am grateful for the dedication of the brave men and women serving on the front lines, and we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our first responders,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We will continue to follow the recommendations of federal, state, and local health officials as we work to serve those who serve us throughout this rapidly evolving public health crisis.”

As of Friday, there were 103 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Baltimore County.

“Unfortunately, we just received confirmation regarding our first positive COVID-19 case of one of our officers. Our police officers are on the front lines in our community each day during this pandemic. Please continue to keep our officer in your thoughts during recovery,” said Police Chief Melissa Hyatt. “We ask that the community continues to assist us in staying safe by remaining home and meeting our officers outside on calls for service whenever possible. We will continue to take all possible precautions to keep both our workforce and our community safe.”

“The health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance,” said Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund. “Our residents depend on us to be there for them, and those of us on the front lines of this pandemic need to take care of ourselves in order to do that.”

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