Police Chief John Schlittler and the Needham Public Health Division have confirmed that Department of Public Health (DPH) officials have notified the Town of one confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Needham Police Department.
Needham Public Health officials have been in contact with the individual. The individual has been isolated and is being supported and monitored according to public health protocols. Due to state and federal privacy laws, no additional information about the individual will be released.
Close contacts (defined as someone who has spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive case) have been identified and contacted by health officials and are following proper prevention protocols.
The Needham Police Department will continue to respond to all emergencies and is taking all proper precautions when encountering residents and community members. Residents should continue to call 911 for emergencies.
To continue practice social distancing, all residents are asked to make all non-emergency reports and inquiries by telephone or email if possible. Police have also enacted preventative measures including taking temperatures before the start of a shift, social distancing practices and cleaning and sanitizing regularly.
For information and resources related to COVID-19, visit www.needhamma.gov/coronavirus. You can also visit the CDC’s website and www.mass.gov/coronavirus.