Police officer on paid leave as virus caution

A second police department in Lycoming County put an officer on paid administrative leave to err on the side of caution during the initial COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

None of the officers reportedly had any positive tests returned for contracting the virus.

Montoursville Police Chief Jeff Gyurina said one of his officers was out for three days while a family member was tested who had come down with symptoms.

The relative of the officer was negative for the virus and the officer returned on the fourth day back to work as normal, Gyurina said.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s had non-essential workers remain at home in lock down during the red and yellow phases but essential workers such as police remained on the frontline reporting to work as usual.

In South Williamsport, the police department covering the borough and nearby DuBoistown remained fully staffed during the outbreak, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough manager. The officers did not undergo any paid administrative leaves, he said.

However, one South Williamsport officer, who had underlying health issues, voluntarily decided to put himself on a self-quarantine, but he used the police vacation and sick time allotted to him, Cappelli said.

“I worked every day,” Cappelli said. The department has a responsibility to South Williamsport and to DuBoistown, both of which it covers under the South Williamsport Borough police, he said.

“It is imperative that we had all-hands-on-deck,” Cappelli said of the months earlier this year during the outbreak of the virus.


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