LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that the Los Angeles Police Department is seeing fewer new COVID-19 cases within the department.
Since the pandemic began, 2,564 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those that tested positive, 2,069 have returned to work, 576 remain in quarantine, and five are hospitalized, Moore said.READ MORE: Burbank Sues To Enforce Closure Order Against Tinhorn Flats; Seeks Permission To Cut Off Electricity, Padlock Doors
“The organization, as we’re looking at the COVID-19 pandemic, is experiencing a marked slowdown in the number of new cases, which I’m grateful for, and we’re also seeing a return of more individuals back to work, and their full recovery from the COVID pandemic,” Moore said.
Last week, two employees died from the virus. Sgt. Patricia Guillen, a 23-year veteran of the department, died Thursday; and Dexter De Los Santos, a security officer who worked in that position for eight years, died Friday, Moore said.READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Blaze At Strip Mall In Paramount
They were the seventh and eighth LAPD employees who have died of coronavirus-related complications since the pandemic began.
“We mourn their loss, but also recognize that they are part of a much larger community of Los Angeles, of both essential workers and others that have paid such a terrible price for dealing with the pandemic,” he said.
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