All but 1 Kemah officer tests negative for COVID-19; police return to work

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After a mild scare, most of the 12-member police department in Kemah has tested negative for COVID-19 and returned to normal patrols, Chief Walter Gant said.

Kemah officials said they found out June 30 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, including the chief, Mayor Terri Gale, five police dispatchers and three city employees. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office handled all police activity in Kemah on the night of June 30, according to previous reports.

Fortunately, everyone tested besides the initial officer who contracted the coronavirus has gotten a negative result, Gant said.

"Currently everyone has tested negative," he wrote in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. "All officers are cleared, and we are covering patrol since last week."

Gale said around June 30 that City Hall and the police station will be deep-cleaned.


By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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