There are at least 5 known COVID-19 cases in Oahu first responders

There are at least 5 known COVID-19 cases in Oahu first responders
Honolulu firefighter tests positive for coronavirus (Source: HNN)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A third Honolulu Police Officer tested positive for coronavirus, sources told Hawaii News Now Saturday.

The officer received his test results Saturday and says he doesn’t know how he contracted the virus.

He’s currently quarantining at his home.

Prior to this case, two other HPD officers have tested positive for the virus.

The first case of COVID-19 within HPD was confirmed on March 28 by the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers, or SHOPO.

SHOPO president Malcolm Lutu confirmed a the first case as a male patrol officer based at HPD headquarters. Lutu had said the officer was showing symptoms while at work, but HPD took extra care to thoroughly clean equipment.

The second case was confirmed Tuesday by Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard at a press conference. At the time, she said two officers had tested positive and two tests were pending.

A Honolulu firefighter also tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the shutdown of the Kalihi Uka station, where he works.

A spokesperson said the firefighter is self-quarantining.

In a news release March 28, Fire Capt. Jeff Roache says the firefighter was on personal leave when he contracted the virus and “no other personnel have been exposed."

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