Third SAPD officer could have COVID-19, 1st officer diagnosed had contact with 39 residents
FILE: A San Antonio police cruiser parked at a crime scene on Lombrano Street on March 14, 2020. Photo: KTSA/Dennis Foley

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) -San Antonio Deputy City manager Maria Villagomez told the city council Thursday that a third San Antonio police officer had tested positive for COVID-19, but final confirmation was pending from San Antonio Metro Health

Villagomez said city officials were notified Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday, it was revealed that a second officer was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. Metro Health is investigating that case in an effort to determine how this individual became infected and who  came in close contact with the officer.

The first SAPD officer who tested positive for coronavirus was diagnosed after coming in close contact with a family member who had traveled. Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez told City Council that three fellow officers who worked with this individual are under quarantine.

San Antonio Metro Health, through its contract tracing investigation, has determined that the first officer who tested positive for COVID-19 had contact with 39 residents, but Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger told city council that the risk for exposure for those residents is “low to negligible.”

“These individuals were in their vehicles and the officer was outside of their vehicles,”said Bridger. “They had a fairly short conversation, just the amount of time it takes to issue a ticket,” she said.

Because the risk of exposure was “low to negligible,” Bridger says these residents do not have to self-quarantine.

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