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Cleveland Heights police officer tests positive for coronavirus; 'several' more officers quarantined

The department says the officer likely contracted the virus at a gathering last week.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg has confirmed one of her officers has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mecklenburg says the officer likely contracted COVID-19 last week while at a "social gathering." The individual is currently isolated and being treated.

In addition, "several" more officers were apparently at the same gathering. While none have been showing symptoms, they have also been quarantined.

"I want our community to be assured that the CHPD continues to perform all regular patrolling and safety operations," Mecklenburg said in a statement Wednesday. "We have the staff necessary to uphold the safety of our community and it remains our priority."

Cleveland Heights is not the first public safety department to see at least one coronavirus case: Two Avon Lake police officers have tested positive, as has a Fairview Park firefighter.

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