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The latest coronavirus numbers here in the United States are not trending in the right direction, and it’s beginning to have a serious impact on life.
First and foremost, there are the issues with hospital resources and crowding that have seen Americans transported across states lines in order to receive treatment.
Now, in a stunning hit to public amenities, an entire police department in the midwest is shuttered on account of the viral epidemic.
All three cops and the chief of police in Venice, a town of 2,100 outside St. Louis, have contracted the bug, forcing the department to shut down as they complete mandatory 10-day quarantines, Mayor Tyrone Echols told the Belleville News-Democrat Thursday.
“I think it’s everybody except for possibly two dispatchers,” Echols said of the department’s impacted employees, including Police Chief Theo Adams.
“He sounded pretty rough,” Echols said of the town’s top cop.
But that wouldn’t leave the people of Venice unprotected.
Venice will be patrolled by Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout Madison County until its officers return to duty.
The outbreak began last week and quickly spread throughout the small-town squad.
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