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Posted on: November 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Two Grand Junction Police Department Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

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On Friday, November 6th, the Grand Junction Police Department was made aware that two employees of the agency have tested positive for COVID-19.  Both employees are self-isolating at home, in accordance with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As with any COVID-19 case, all contact tracing and possible exposure notifications will be handled by Mesa County Public Health.  All staff members who work in close proximity with the infected employees have been notified and will be tested for COVID-19.  They are monitoring for signs of illness, and will self-isolate as necessary.

“It’s critical that our community comply with the guidance of Mesa County Public Health,” says Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker.  “Our essential employees can’t work from home.  They continue to respond to calls for help wherever they’re needed.  The best thing you can do to honor the work they’re doing is to be diligent in the prevention of the spread of this virus in our community.”

This exposure does not affect our level of service at this time.  We will continue to work with Mesa County Public Health to monitor the situation and make necessary changes to our operations to keep our employees and the community safe. The community will be notified of any operational changes, including fluctuating staffing, additional cases, and potential impacts to our service levels as a result of COVID-19.

The City of Grand Junction implores residents to continue to abide by health and safety measures including wearing masks, frequent washing of hands, staying home as much as possible, and practicing social distancing.

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