NEW: Entire 12-person Kemah police department possibly exposed to COVID-19

Kemah's entire 12-person police department is in self-quarantine after an officer tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Kemah's entire 12-person police department is in self-quarantine after an officer tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Kemah's entire 12-person police department is in self-quarantine after an officer tested positive for COVID-19. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The entire 12-member police department in Kemah is currently in self-quarantine after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Kemah Mayor Terri Gale, five police dispatchers, police Chief Walter Grant and three city employees are also self-quarantining.


Officials said they found out June 30 that an officer was infected and immediately ordered tests for all Kemah police staff and City Hall employees who came in contact with the infected officer. As a result, the Galveston County Sheriff's Office handled all police activity in Kemah on the night of June 30. Sheriff Henry Trochesset said all off-duty deputies were being paid overtime and an extra dispatcher was brought in to handle calls for the city of Kemah.

Gale said City Hall and the police station will be deep cleaned, and the officers' and staff's return is dependent upon test results, which may be back as early as sometime July 1.

This article was originally published by Community Impact Newspaper media partner ABC13.

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