The Latest: Minot officer tests positive for coronavirus

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in North Dakota (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

A Minot police officer is quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus and five other city employees who were in contact with the officer are self-isolating.

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma said a test confirmed over the weekend that the officer was positive. The mayor says the officer began isolation last Thursday after developing symptoms.

Chief John Klug said Wednesday the officer did not need hospitalization and is doing OK at home. Klug said three of the five employees who have had contact with the police officer are also officers.

Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel said a firefighter is also self-isolating at home being exposed to residents who recently returned from another state.

Under the city's current guidelines, Minot firefighters and police do not respond to a medical emergency until an ambulance arrives unless the emergency is extreme and critical.

Sipma also asked that anyone contacting dispatchers for an say whether they are self isolating or if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on the premises so precautions can be taken.

Klug said the department has about 110 officers, dispatchers and civilian staff.