Two Schenectady detectives test positive for COVID-19


SCHENECTADY — Two city police detectives have tested positive after contracting COVID and more may follow.

One detective had no contact with other employees, said Police Chief Eric Clifford on Friday.

That employee felt symptoms on Thanksgiving Day or the day after, Clifford said. The detective worked a half-day on Friday and called in sick on Monday.

“The exposure was very limited on that officer,” Clifford said. “There’s been no contact with the public that I’m aware of.”

The second detective had contact with between 6 to 10 officers before testing positive on Friday, Clifford said.

“We have probably another 5 to 6 officers who have had contact with someone who is positive and they’re being tested,” Clifford said. “We’re putting them in quarantine until they’re tested and we expect those tests to be completed next week.”

No civilian staff members have returned positive results, he said, but they’re being required to work from home on alternating days as an added safeguard.

Several detectives are also working from home, Clifford said, and contact tracing is underway in conjunction with county public officials.

“We’re taking a very proactive approach,” Clifford said. “We’ve increased measures over the past few weeks because of the rise and we’re stepping it up a notch because of these cases.”

The outbreak comes as the virus surges throughout the state and nation.

The virus resulted in the majority of the city Codes Department going into self-quarantine last week after a code inspector tested positive.

Two members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department also tested positive, officials announced on Thursday.

And the virus continues to grow at the county-run Glendale Home in Glenville, where 13 residents and 12 staff members were positive as of Friday, officials said.

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