MPD reports 2 officers test positive for COVID-19

Missoula Police Crusier
Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 21:50:31-04

MISSOULA — Two Missoula police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, MPD announced Friday afternoon.

"Our goal at the Missoula Police Department is to make public safety our number one priority. During this pandemic, that goal has become even more important as we go out every day as 'essential' First Responders to maintain a safe community for our residents and visitors," MPD public information officer Sgt. Travis Welsh said in a release. "It is because of this commitment that we must inform you that two MPD Patrol Officers have tested positive for COVID-19.

"These officers are in quarantine, and immediate testing has commenced on their peers. Thorough cleaning at the MPD Catlin St. facility and the main office at city hall is complete. Since this discovery, Chief White and staff have been working closely with staff at the Missoula City/County Health Department to ensure the continued safety of our offices and the public."

More information on the two officers who had confirmed cases was not provided.

The COVID-19 state tracking map said 134 new cases were confirmed in Montana Friday morning, 11 of which were in Missoula County. Missoula County also reported its second death related to COVID-19 on Friday.