Wayne County Sheriff's Office Commander Dies Of Coronavirus

Cmdr. Donafay Collins spent nearly 30 years with the sheriff's office.

WWJ News
March 25, 2020 - 8:47 pm

    (WWJ) -- A commander at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has died from COVID-19.

    The sheriff's office announced Wednesday that Cmdr. Donafay Collins, 63, died Wednesday after a contracting the coronavirus. Collins leaves behind a wife and four children.

    Collins spent nearly 30 years with the sheriff's office, and also worked as a radio DJ for Mix 92.3 FM until 2019.

    Wayne County Sheriff's Office officials say as of Wednesday, 18 employees had tested positive for the virus.

    State health officials have reported 43 deaths in Michigan, as the total number of cases surpassed 2,300 on Wednesday.

    The Detroit Police Department has lost two members to the virus, including a civilian dispatcher and a commander in the department. Officials say 18 members of the department had tested positive, as of Wednesday afternoon, while more than 300 officers were isolated or quarantined.

    The three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. In order to mitigate risk of spreading COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to take action to reduce the spread, including: wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoid handshakes; avoid contact with people who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

    Officials are urging social distancing -- staying at least six feet away from other people -- to help flatten the curve.

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