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Second Oakland officer tests positive

OAKLAND — An Oakland police officer is the latest Bay Area first responder to test positive for COVID-19, a department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

The officer is the second Oakland Police Department employee to contract the virus, which has affected firehouses in San Jose and police departments in multiple Bay Area counties.

Officials said the Oakland officers do not work on patrol, meaning they do not respond to calls from residents. One officer tested positive last week and the second officer on Sunday, the department said. Both are in self-isolation and recovering.

The San Jose Fire Department was hit particularly hard, with 13 firefighters testing positive for coronavirus. Three Santa Clara County jail deputies, two Milpitas firefighters, a San Francisco sheriff’s deputy, a Vallejo officer, a Santa Clara officer and a reserve with San Jose police also are battling the virus.

Oakland on Friday began testing its first responders, becoming one of the first cities to test its frontline workers. Free testing at a Hayward fire station drew hundreds of sick people on Monday.

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