SFPD sergeant assigned to Hall of Justice tests positive for coronavirus

Partner in SVU also reports feeling unwell

A San Francisco police sergeant who worked out of the Hall of Justice has tested positive for coronavirus, authorities learned Tuesday, and the police union is concerned that other officers have been exposed.

Police Chief Bill Scott revealed the test results in an email to officers Tuesday obtained by the San Francisco Examiner. Scott said the sergeant’s work partner at the Special Victims Unit is also “feeling unwell and is self-quarantining.”

“For weeks, we all have been closely watching the news about the spread of coronavirus,” Scott said. “It was inevitable that at some point our members would be directly affected by the spread of the virus.”

The sergeant went home with flu-like symptoms on Friday, notified a supervisor and sought medical treatment, Scott said. He did not go to work Monday and notified his department of the results on Tuesday.

“We immediately informed SVU’s Hall of Justice office members and closed the office to organize deep cleaning services for the workspace and SVU vehicles,” Scott said in the email to all officers.

Scott said the infected sergeant is not believed to have had contact with the public “during this time.”

In a statement, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya called for a “thorough investigation to ensure anyone who had contact with the sergeant is notified and appropriate precautions [are] taken.”

Montoya said plans are in the works to provide officers who may be infected with a local hotel “to prevent the risk of transmitting the virus further,” or to allow them to quarantine at home.

“We are also asking that any officer potentially exposed receive expedited testing to determine if they’ve contracted the virus, and if not, be returned to work to help police our city,” Montoya said. “Testing delays compromise their safety, the safety of the public, and the ability of the SFPD to respond to emergencies.”

This story has been updated.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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