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Watsontown chief clarifies — troopers with positive tests not at protest

None of the four state troopers who responded to the Sunday protest in Watsontown tested positive for COVID-19, but were separately exposed at the Milton substation, borough police Chief Rodney Witherite clarified Thursday.

“We’re testing all the first responders and suggesting that all the protesters or anyone in attendance test themselves as well,” he said.

The Milton state police substation is headquartered out of the Montoursville barracks, where Captain Sherman D. Shadle reported to nearby law enforcement departments that the staff or police at Milton had been unknowingly infected prior to the protest.

The substation was closed for most of Wednesday for cleaning but has since reopened.

The approximately 27 first responders in Watsontown will undergo coronavirus testing, said Witherite.

“We are all taking the precautions and following the governor’s mandate,” said Witherite.

Witherite had provided the Sun-Gazette and other media inaccurate information Wednesday afternoon, clarifying that the four troopers in question had not been at the protest against police brutality in Watsontown as he learned additional information.

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