Clay Sheriff’s Department, Manchester Police hit by coronavirus

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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Manchester Police are being hit by the coronvirus.

In Facebook statements Monday afternoon, both departments alerted the public.

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“In the last few days we have had two officers test positive for COVID-19. These officers are in quarantine. Other officers have been tested and received negative results. We will continue to monitor the situation along with the local healthcare providers and the local health department. Please pray for our two officers and their families,” the Police Department said.

Sheriff Patrick Robinson asked the community for prayers and understanding while announcing deputies will start taking some reports via phone.

“As first responders and front line workers, we stayed at work to hold the line. This week our agency along with other First Responder Department’s has been hit hard by COVID-19. We are doing everything we possibly can to continue safety measures for our department along with the citizens we proudly serve,” Robinson said. “As more testing follows, I’m sure our department and other departments will show more positive COVID-19 tests. We would like to ask for prayers for our department and their families.

“We are working with the local health department and health care providers with keeping everyone safe. The deputy that has tested positive has been put off work and is in self quarantine following CDC guidelines. We will still provide 24/7 coverage, but we will be taking most non-priority reports and addressing appropriate law enforcement needs with the public by telephone. Officers will still respond in-person to emergencies and in-progress calls associated with a present risk to person or property. Our officers will still work to deter and prevent criminal activity through routine patrol activities and by continuing to provide a public presence,” the sheriff continued.

Monday afternoon, the Cumberland Valley District Health Department reported six new confirmed cases and four recovered cases in Clay County and one new confirmed case and two probables in Rockcastle County.

The department, which covers Clay, Jackson and Rockcastle counties, also reported three new recovered cases in Jackson County and three new recovered cases in Rockcastle.

Overall, the district has had 245 cases since early March with 17 deaths. It has 37 current active cases with 29 in Clay, seven in Rockcastle and one in Jackson.