15 MPD employees have coronavirus, nearly two dozen in quarantine, department says

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department released the latest numbers of employees with coronavirus on Friday.

The department says that 15 employees have tested positive for the virus.

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12 of those employees are commissioned officers.

MPD says 21 employees are in quarantine.

The new numbers come the same day that Shelby County health officials announced that 50 people have died from the virus in the county.

Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter said it was possible to have a spike in cases.

Haushalter said today’s total of 2,556 cases is an increase of 153 since Wednesday.

The positivity rate is 8.7 percent.

The average age of death is 73.

Haushalter said 52 percent of the cases have recovered.

Almost 30,000 people have been tested in Shelby County.

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