OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Oakland County Sherriff, Michael Bouchard is said to have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
In a statement released by the sheriffs office, it is said that the sheriff is fully vaccinated, including the booster shot. He states that he will continue to work remotely during his quarantine.
See the full statement below:
"Sheriff Michael Bouchard has joined the ranks of those working remotely these days and it wasn’t by choice.
The Sheriff learned today that he had tested positive for the highly contagious omicron variant. Since the very beginning of this pandemic, the Sheriff and his team have been out in public and in regular contact with a great number of people. It comes with the job.
“Even though I choose to be fully vaccinated and received the booster shot, the omicron variant was still able to catch up with me,” Bouchard said. “I had assumed it was not a question of whether it caught up to me given the duties of a first responder, but when. Per our protocols I will be in quarantine, but I will continue to work remotely.”
The Sheriff said he is experiencing many of the symptoms associated with the virus such as headache, congestion, exhaustion, and other assorted aches.
The Sheriff’s Office has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 170 of its 1,400 employees currently off work because they either have Covid-19 or were exposed to it. Early in the pandemic, Bouchard ordered regular testing for employees – regardless of vaccination status – to help keep them and the public protected."