Michigan State Police troopers, Saginaw detectives test positive for COVID-19

Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 10:17 AM EDT
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(3/31/2020) - The Michigan State Police and Saginaw Police Department both are confirming some of their front line officers have tested positive for COVID-19.

MSP Lt. David Kaiser said two troopers were diagnosed with the illness. He could not identify the troopers or which posts they are assigned to work due to medical confidentiality laws.

Two Saginaw police detectives also have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus. The department says the two detectives share a work space and were last exposed to each other on March 19.

The department reports one detective only has mild symptoms, while the other is being treated for severe symptoms at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor after being transferred from another hospital.

Department leadership says it is taking all necessary precautionary measures by cleaning and sanitizing the department daily, giving officers personal protective equipment, social distancing and following CDC guidelines.

"The sworn and civilian staff at the Police Department are taking this virus threat very seriously, and we are taking every precaution to keep our officers healthy so that we can properly serve the community during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Saginaw Police Chief Bob Ruth.