VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Two deputies with the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
According to the sheriff's office, one of the deputies has already recovered and been cleared by a physician and Occupational Health to return to work. The other remains on leave.
None of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office's 469 total appointees has been hospitalized because of the virus.
The sheriff's office also said that one Virginia Beach Correctional Center inmate has been tested for the virus. Those test results were negative.
“This is an unprecedented public health pandemic. While I had hoped that the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office would be spared from this illness, I knew that was probably impossible, especially as the coronavirus has spread,” said Sheriff Ken Stolle. “We have taken every precaution to reduce the risk of contamination to the inmates and our appointees while on the job and have been ahead of the CDC’s guidelines every step of the way. I am relieved that one of our appointees has already defeated the coronavirus and I pray for a speedy and full recovery for the other.”