A person arrested Friday night by East Ridge police showed symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials said.
According to Matt Lea, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, an East Ridge officer brought a person to the Hamilton County Jail to be booked on a charge of a non-violent crime. The person, according to a press release, exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
According to the press release, a magistrate released the person on his/her own recognizance. Due to the symptoms exhibited, the person was taken to a local hospital for medical review.
HCSO officials said via the press release, that no further details will be released because of HIPPA concerns regarding the person.
ERPD Stan Allen said as a result of this incident four officers involved are self-quarantined.
If the results of the tests on the person who was arrested in the Food City area of Ringgold Road come back negative, the four ERPD officers will come back on duty, Chief Allen said. If the COVID-19 test conducted by Erlanger Hospital staff returns a positive, the officers will continue the quarantine for 14 days and the department will attempt to have the officers tested for the virus.
Chief Allen said it was his understanding that Erlanger staff released the potentially infected patient after conducting the test.
Chief Allen said the department (about 40 sworn officers) is adjusting to the manpower shortage. He said that three of the officers were from the night shift and the other was working an off-duty job.