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Avon Lake police officer tests positive for coronavirus

'He had limited contact with other police officers in the police department.'
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AVON LAKE, Ohio — The spread of coronavirus continues in Northeast Ohio, and now a police officer in Avon Lake has tested positive with the illness.

Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka confirmed the positive COVID-19 case in a video announcement posted on the city’s Web site.

He said the officer is expected to make a full recovery while isolating himself at home.

“He had limited contact with other police officers in the police department," Mayor Zilka said. "He had no contact with the outside world. He was not in a patrol car. He was not around town. He had an office desk job, so there was no danger there.”

After learning that an officer had tested positive, a sanitation team cleaned the facility where he was working.

Mayor Zilka said the Lorain County Health Department assessed there was no exposure to any other city workers or the public.

The officer's name will not be released.

Mayor Zilka added that all cases in the county are being monitored by the local health department.

Lorain County has 24 confirmed cases, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Health on Monday. Those numbers are updated daily at 2 p.m. HERE.

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