Phoenix Police Chief Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Lindsay Walker

PHOENIX— Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus this week, officials said.

Williams is working from home while she quarantines, according to Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Sergeant Andy Williams.

According to the news release, Executive Assistant Chief Michael Kurtenbach previously tested positive and will be returning to work from his quarantine next week. Assistant Chief Patrick Connolly is Acting Police Chief until Williams is well.

City of Phoenix employees follow strict protocols when they are diagnosed with the virus, including contact tracing.

"We encourage all community members to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask, remaining socially distanced, washing hands regularly and staying home if you are feeling sick," Williams said in a statement.

Arizona reported 7,635 new coronavirus cases and 142 additional deaths Friday — the third straight day with deaths numbering in the triple-digits. Approximately 93 percent of the state's ICU beds are full, with many hospitals shifting to their surge plans to accommodate an increased number of coronavirus patients in recent weeks.

Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix said Friday that deaths from the virus have exceeded morgue capacity, and it's now using a refrigerated truck.

This article originally appeared on the Phoenix Patch