Law Enforcement Agencies Use Personal Protective Gear for COVID-19

March 18, 2020, 2:30 p.m. ·


The Lincoln Police Department has extra cleaning procedures in place at their precincts as the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreads through Nebraska. They are also asking people who call for help if they have symptoms of coronavirus or have traveled to areas where the virus is spreading quickly. If the caller is at a higher risk of transmitting the virus, officers will don personal protective equipment like masks, gloves, and goggles before responding to the call.

Latest news & resources:

The state patrol is also carrying personal protective equipment. They say it’s too early to tell if there’s a difference in the number of calls the patrol is receiving during social distancing. However, Cody Thomas, public relations director for the Nebraska State Patrol, said Nebraska roads may have been safer on St. Patrick’s Day this year. The patrol usually sees an average of 15-17 DUI arrests on the holiday, but Tuesday there were only four.

“We know that so many restaurants and so many bars have at the very least modified their operations, if not closed. And so by people following those guidelines that have been issued by local, state, and federal authorities on gatherings of 10 or less, we do think that that, probably, last night reduced the number of people who were driving impaired, which is great news.”

Latest news & resources: