Cops question COVID clean-up practices as CPD announces 10 more cases

Three workers clean the officer’s desk while other cops work nearby. | Provided

Shortly after a Chicago police detective tested positive for COVID-19 this week, a cleaning crew walked into CPD’s Area Central headquarters.

Three workers dressed in white coveralls, hoods, gloves, masks, and eye goggles cleaned the officer’s desk, and taped a Word-generated sign on his computer screen that says “Do not use!!!”

Then, they left.

That’s all according to a source who provided photos of the crew in action.

A sign is posted to warn others against using the detective’s desk. | Provided

While the crew was fully geared up for the “cleaning,” on-duty officers continued working nearby.

“They didn’t even empty the [work area] when the cleaning was happening,” the source said.

On Friday, CPD announced that 10 more members of the department tested positive for COVID-19 since the day before. A total of 20 cops and one civilian employee have contracted the disease as of that announcement, the department said.

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