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Battle Creek police headquarters closed after positive COVID-19 cases in department

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 17:19:36-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — In an update to this story, BCPD told FOX 17 that 5 deputies tested positive for COVID-19.

The city of Battle Creek announced it is closing down its Battle Creek Police Department building again due to positive coronavirus cases within the department.

The city had issued a statement earlier Friday saying the detectives are all recovering at home and the police station at 34 North Division Street is closed to the public as of noon.

"The city is following Calhoun County Public Health Department protocols, and the health department is working through contact tracing and additional testing, related to those who may have come in contact with the staff who have tested positive.

'We want to do our part to protect the health and safety of our employees, and the public,” said Police Chief Jim Blocker. “We will close our building to the public to make sure we limit any potential exposure to the virus, and so we can following increased cleaning protocols.'

The situation does not affect the Police Department’s response to 911 calls.

Please call 911 in an emergency. The non-emergency police phone number is 269-781-0911. Reach the Battle Creek Police Department at 269-966-3322, or visit www.battlecreekmi.gov/police [r20.rs6.net]."