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479 Phoenix Police officers, staff have tested positive for COVID-19

The department said that 349 sworn officers and 130 civilian employees have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began.

PHOENIX — Nearly 500 members of the Phoenix Police Department, including Police Chief Jeri Williams, have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

The department said on Monday that 349 sworn officers and 130 civilian employees have tested positive for coronavirus so far.

Phoenix Police say it has a staff of about 4,000 people, meaning almost 12% of all officers and staff have had COVID-19.

As of Dec. 21, 63 sworn officers and 31 civilian staff are not at work due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Williams announced on Friday that she is experiencing mild symptoms after discovering she had the virus and has been working from home while under quarantine.

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Police officers and other first responders are in the second group receiving priority for Pfizer and Moderna’s FDA-approved vaccines.

Under Arizona’s Vaccination Plan, officers are included in the Phase 1B group that comes after health care personnel, frontline workers and long-term care residents and staff.

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