On Monday, April 27, 2020, medical personnel confirmed three officers with the Abilene Police Department have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The officers were tested as a result of a possible exposure to a first responder last week on a call for service. The officers are quarantined and not at the Police Department. They will follow the protocol for a positive result and will remain isolated.
The Abilene/ Taylor County Health Department releases them pursuant to the CDC guidelines. None of the officers have symptoms. Testing of more than 20 officers who were also at this same call have so far resulted in negative results. We want to ensure the public that the Department has a strong contingency staffing plan in the case of more positive results.