BREAKING: Detroit Officer Dies Of Coronavirus, Department's 2nd Death In 2 Days

Sandy Malone

A Detroit police officer died of coronavirus just one day after one of the department's 911 dispatchers succumbed.

Detroit, MI – A Detroit police officer has died of coronavirus, just a day after a 911 dispatcher for the Detroit Police Department died from the rapidly spreading virus.

WXYZ first reported on the police department’s second death in as many days on Tuesday evening.

The police department has not yet released the fallen hero’s name, nor any information about whether he was exposed to the coronavirus on duty.

A 38-year-old Detroit police dispatcher died early Monday morning after he returned from vacation sick and went to work.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said the dispatcher, whose name also has not been released, traveled out of state on vacation during the week of March 9.

When he returned to work on March 16, he wasn’t feeling well and ended up taking sick leave the following day, the mayor explained during a press conference on Tuesday.

The dispatcher worked one more shift on March 18 before he took another sick day on March 19.

He was admitted to intensive care for suspected bronchitis on Saturday, WJBK reported.

Duggan said that the dispatcher’s COVID-19 test result did not come back until hours after he passed away early Monday morning.

Wayne State University Dr. Robert Dunne, who has been working with the department’s employees, said that the dispatcher did not have any significant pre-existing medical issues.

"It is not just elderly people who are dying of this disease," Duggan said during the press conference. "It is critical that we respect the social distancing rules."

The mayor said he is withholding the dispatcher’s name out of respect for his family.

“The thoughts and prayers of every Detroiter are with you today,” Duggan told the employee’s loved ones.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he has spoken with the employee’s parents on multiple occasions.

The dispatcher served the City of Detroit for a total of 11 years. He initially worked for the city’s transportation department before he joined the DPD eight years ago, Chief Craig said.

“Make no mistake – our 911 call-takers, our dispatchers are indeed first responders,” the chief continued. “He was beloved. He was respected by all who worked with him…He’s going to be truly missed.”

The Detroit Police Department’s (DPD) had already established a backup 911 center to be utilized in the event the primary facility was ever compromised, WJBK reported.

The 911 operators have already been moved to the backup facility while the primary center is being deep-cleaned.

"Had this happened two years ago, this would have been an operational difficulty," Duggan explained. "Because we have [other] sources, I doubt any citizens were even aware the transition took place."

The dispatcher’s death was the first COVID-19 fatality for DPD.

Nearly 300 DPD officers have been quarantined and nine have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, WJBK reported.

As of Tuesday, the state confirmed that 1,791 people had tested positive for coronavirus in Michigan and 24 people have died, WDIV reported.

Comments (41)
AprilShowers2
AprilShowers2

God grant the families both blood and blue peace within. We pray for healing of the other officers who have become ill. In Jesus name Father God. Amen 🙏

Please be kind in your comments. He obviously had no idea or he wouldn’t have come to work. There are still other illnesses that people get sick with other than covid-19.
11 years on the job, and with this outbreak, I’m sure they’ve been working overtime too. God bless them all. 🙏 💙

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

huh. this thing is turning out to be a hell of a hoax, isn't it?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

No, I don't think it is a hoax however people do die every year from the flu and garden-variety viruses. One does ponder however the "convenience" that this virus has brought to the Democrats since we all know that neither of their Presidential candidates appeals to most of the masses. All of a sudden there is little being said about either candidate or their plans for the country. Could this be intentionally neglected by the media? Did this simply come along at an opportune time for the Democrats to be able to divert media attention away from their candidates, and keep the candidates out of the headlines?

flybynight
flybynight

"It is not just elderly people who are dying of this disease," Duggan said during the press conference. "It is critical that we respect the social distancing rules."

Very interesting

JCRPI
JCRPI

HIPPA regulations need to be suspended to protect our first responders and health care workers who need to know, beforehand, if someone they will be dealing with, or have recently dealt with, is - or was - infected.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Interesting point.

There is no HIPAA restriction on first responders asking anyone about their personal health status, since the reply is voluntary, and everyone can share their own info if necessary. That probably works fairly well for victims and other people helped, but not so well for perps.

This is not a question for you, more an interesting thought...

If a loved one tells me that they have a certain health condition, can I talk about it with another loved one?

Of course I can.

I wouldn't sweat HIPAA so much. If there is no damage to the person who told someone they tested positive, and that person then when on to tell others, I really doubt anything would be adjudicated. Even if it were, typical fine would only be $100. Any good lawyer would beat the case, unless someone was dumb enough to post it on Social Media. Then you could get into big fines.

JCRPI
JCRPI

First hand example. In my jurisdiction - height of the AIDS epidemic. Grizzly murder scene in motel room with infected victim's blood all over. HIPPA prevented my Deputies and Detectives from informing the motel owner, or the housekeepers, of the fact that the victim had AIDS. The best we were were able to say, according to County Counsel, was something like, "as with all crime scenes, be sure to safely clean all surfaces". I have other examples just as absurd.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

That's absolutely nuts. I can't imagine it could apply to a deceased person - there is no one alive actually damaged by the disclosure. If it is Dept. policy for dead people, I think it is likely wrong.

I think that HIPAA was intended to prevent disclosure of protected health information to people without a need to know, where such disclosure was damaging to the patient.

Anyway, HIPAA only applies to "covered entities" (generally, health care clearinghouses, employer-sponsored health plans, health insurers, and medical service providers that engage in certain transactions).

When you sign that release at the doctor's office, it basically says the same thing. The information can be shared with anyone directly involved in your treatment including insurance companies. That's basically what mine says.

Lots of people over-react to HIPAA. Some will say that you can't take pictures of a health incident in public because of HIPAA (not that anyone would want to). They have not read the law.

JCRPI
JCRPI

Another absurd incident: administrative hearing regarding litigation over employee caused injury to citizen. Review Board members, advised by their private (non-government) attorney that the condition of the injured party was HIPPA protected and could not be released to the Board. Keep in mind that these events occurred in California, the most litigious place in the world.

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

The Democrats murder babies all year long, thousands, but anyone that dies, not on purpose like the babies, and they raise hell. I hope they note the word HELL.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

If an officer has a heart attack, they name him/her. If the officer had 9/11 related illness, they name the officer. The fact that this article doesn't name names, gives more support to the hoax-19 virus. Sadly, most people consume the Freemason owned news without question. USA INC. at work folks, wake up, ......or don't.


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