50+ First Responders In Jacksonville Self-Quarantine As Crime Increases Slightly

Mar 25, 2020

Twenty-five Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office personnel, including police officers and corrections officers, are currently under self-quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus, according to city officials .

“None of them have tested positive but they are all self-quarantined due to either travel-related issues or some suspicious interaction with someone that’s shown flu-like symptoms,” said Mike Bruno, the Director of Patrolling Enforcement for JSO on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, 28 Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department employees are in quarantine, although none of them has tested positive for the virus either. 

This comes as JSO announced Tuesday that crime is up 4% in the city. 

“Really nothing in the numbers are super alarming at this point,” said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Wiliams. “Again, it’s early in the year. But one thing that we have seen and we’ve noticed is we have not seen a decrease in activity since we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus.”

Williams said no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 yet in Duval County’s correctional facilities. 

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