Friday, November 13, 2020

Ralph Cipriano: Police Commissioner Outlaw In Self-Quarantine

 Ralph Cipriano at offers a piece at on the Philadelphia Police Commissioner self-quarantining at home. 

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced last night that she's in voluntary self-quarantine and working remotely from home because a co-worker came down with the virus. 

"I was informed today that someone in my immediate office has tested positive for COVID-19," she wrote in an email to all personnel at police headquarters. "As a result, I am following all protocols, including self-quarantine and remote work, as advised by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health." 

In her email, Outlaw reminds her staff at police headquarters about wearing mandatory facemarks and said that the department will be sanitizing any offices where employees have tested positive for the virus. 

"I want to also use this opportunity as a reminder that all employees of the PPD are required to wear masks at all times. It is important to remember that a face mask is not only intended to protect us from receiving the COVID-19 virus, but also prevents us from unknowingly spreading the disease." 

"In the continued interest of the health and safety of PPD employees and the communities we serve, all PPD facilities and locations directly impacted by employees with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be sanitized and deep cleaned," Outlaw wrote. "Additionally, those who have been in direct contact with a PPD employee who tested positive will be notified."

"While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Philadelphia, I remain confident in our ability to provide adequate staffing levels to maintain the public safety that our City deserves and expects." 

The police commissioner then gave her staff a lecture about the normal protocols:

"Please continue to keep yourself and others safe by:

"Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

"Practicing social distancing when possible.

"Wearing a mandatory mask at all times:

" -- This includes when transporting persons in vehicles. 

" -- During transport, vehicle ventilation should be on non-recirculated mode to maximize air changes that reduce potentially infectious particles in the vehicle. 

" -- If possible, open the windows next to both the driver and the client to improve ventilation." 

The client? Apparently that's what cops now call criminals.  

There was significant blowback from the police commissioner's memo this morning.  

"I cannot believe her nerve," a senior commander said. "When have you ever seen a police commissioner work from home?" 

Another cop cracked, "She's been been in quarantine since she's been hired." 

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