Kalamazoo public safety chief tests positive for COVID
The chief of Kalamazoo’s Department of Public Safety (KDPS) announced Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Vernon Coakley Junior has been chief of public safety since Karianne Thomas retired at the end of September.
“My COVID-19 diagnosis is an important reminder for our community to remain vigilant and continue taking the proper precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Coakley said in a statement. “I will be self-isolating until I am cleared by medical professionals and will follow their guidance.”
As of Thursday, Kalamazoo County has had 9,382 confirmed COVID-19 infections with cases rising dramatically in the past three months.
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