TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — A group of police officers who were in quarantine due to COVID-19 will be returning to duty on Tybee Island, the department confirmed Tuesday.
On April 5, the City of Tybee Island confirmed one of its officers tested positive for COVID-19.
City manager Shawn Gillen told News 3 that four officers who had contact with that officer were immediately ordered to self-quarantine. Five more members of the police department were also sent home to self-isolate as a precautionary measure.
The Tybee Island Police Department (TIPD) says all of the officers who were quarantined have now been cleared for duty.
“On behalf of the entire team at TIPD, we’d like to thank all of you for the thoughts, prayers and well wishes we received during this time,” the department posted on Facebook. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve you as we work through this pandemic together.”
Meanwhile, the department is taking steps to minimize physical contact between officers and local residents.
The city says that should police need to have physical contact with someone, they have masks and gloves and will take measures to protect themselves from possible exposure to the virus.
The police department remains closed to the public. Officers are only going in one at a time if they need to complete work, according to the city.