Hillsboro Police Department employees test positive for COVID-19
Three Hillsboro Police Department employees tested positive over the weekend for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
"The three employees quarantined themselves at home, and they will remain at home as they recover from the illness," the department said in a statement Monday afternoon, April 13.
The employees were wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while working with the community and are not thought to have had significant direct contact with community members, the department said.
Sgt. Eric Bunday, spokesperson for Hillsboro police, declined to provide details about the specific roles of the employees in order to maintain their medical privacy.
"We had a professional company come in and do a deep-clean over the weekend," Bunday said, "as best we could — I mean, there were still people who needed to come in and out. We have wonderful PPE that we're utilizing, it's just unfortunately with this virus, exposures are going to happen for our personnel."
He added, "We need to try to mitigate them as best as we can, but by the nature of what we do, we're out there on the frontlines, and unfortunately, these things may happen."
Department staff will remain mindful of wearing PPE while at work, the department said.
The level of community policing services provided to the community won't be impacted.
"The department's nearly 200 employees continue to provide essential services while taking extra precautions and seeking out COVID-19 testing when appropriate," police said in the statement.
Chief Jim Coleman said the department is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of employees and the community, including expanding PPE availability and deep-cleaning both precincts.
"We are hoping for a speedy recovery for our three employees, and we hope for the best for all community members affected by COVID-19 in the city of Hillsboro and beyond," Coleman said.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.