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Lincoln Police chief tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 2:56 PM, Sep 08, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining.

According to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department, Chief Bliemeister started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms on Saturday, Sept. 5.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, he was tested and learned that his results were positive.

Chief Bliemeister is continuing to self-quarantine and is being monitored by the Lancaster County Health Department.

The chief is the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 within the Lincoln Police Department.

The Lincoln Police Department says they are taking the spread of the virus seriously and are continuing to follow procedures and recommended guidelines to reduce the spread.

The Lincoln Police Department said Bliemeister wants the focus to remain on the sacrifice and support for the Herrera family. Officer Mario Herrera died Monday after being wounded in the line of duty late last month. The chief has continued remote communication with the department and Herrera's family throughout the tragedy.

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