Detroit Police Commander Dies After Contracting Coronavirus

WWJ News
March 25, 2020 - 5:59 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A second member of the Detroit Police Department has died after contracting the coronavirus. 

A commanding officer on the force died Tuesday night, just hours after it was announced a civilian dispatcher died from COVID-19. 

The department says the commander contracted the virus, but test results haven't come back to determine if that was the cause of death. 

Other circumstances of the latest death, including details on the victim, have not been released. 

The dispatcher who died on Monday was a 38-year-old man who was with the department for 11 years. He had returned from vacation out-of-state when he fell ill. Officials say he had no known medical issues. 

Nine members of the police department have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 200 officers are quarantined, though most are expected to return to work this week. Police Chief James Craig said many of the officers interacted with someone at an event who was not showing symptoms at the gathering, but later tested positive for coronavirus. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 1,800 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported statewide, with at least 26 deaths.