By Shereen Siewert

Wausau Police officials say an officer in their department has tested positive for coronavirus.

Read the full news release below.

Press Release – Police Officer COVID 19 Test

On Monday June 29, we were made aware that one of our police officers has tested positive for COVID 19.

Since yesterday, we have developed a list of community members who may have had exposure through close contact with this officer. Close contact is defined as being closer than 6 feet apart for longer than 15 minutes in duration.

We are working closely with the Marathon County Health Department. They will be making contact with those citizens who were in close contact with the officer in the next few days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, call your health care provider and tell them you have symptoms and would like to be tested.

Please do not contact the Wausau Police Department or the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department to inquire if you were in contact with this officer. We have developed that list and the Health Department will be in contact with those citizens.

As a result of the COVID exposure to our staff, those officers exposed will not to return to work until their quarantine period has expired. This decision was made in consultation with the Health Department with the safety of Wausau PD employees and citizens in mind. It will strain our staff for the next two weeks, but has the highest likelihood of keeping our employees and citizens healthy.

We have implemented numerous protocols to protect our staff and citizens from potential exposure to COVID 19.

This is a strong reminder that COVID 19 cases are growing quickly in Marathon County and we all need to be vigilant in maintaining social distancing and wearing masks when out in public. Be safe and be healthy.