By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department reported Monday an additional four employees have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the department’s total to 458.

Of the employees, 237 are at home recovering or self-isolating due to possible exposure, and 279 employees have returned to work.

On Friday, the department announced 45-year-old Valentin Martinez had died from COVID-19 complications marking the first coronavirus-related death of a sworn officer.

Additionally, 150 Los Angeles Fire Department employees have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began, the city’s Emergency Operations Center said.

Of the employees, one is currently hospitalized, 125 have recovered and returned to work and 25 are recovering at home.

On Sunday, a 44-year-old firefighter-paramedic, Jose J. Perez, died from coronavirus-related complications.

On Monday, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 51 additional deaths and 2,708 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing countywide totals to 4,426 deaths and 178,642 cases.

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