COVID-19

Riverhead police officer tests positive for the coronavirus

A Riverhead Town police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, Riverhead Town Police Chief David Hegermiller reported Monday.

“He’s home and quarantined,” the chief said. “We don’t know where he got it from.”

The officer, who is not being named, is the first town police officer to test positive for the disease, “that we know about,” the chief said.

By Tuesday,  a second Riverhead police officer tested positive for coronavirus, according to Riverhead Police Benevolent Association president Charles Mauceri.

Like the first case, the second officer  is home in quarantine, and it is not known how he acquired the virus, according to Mr. Mauceri.

The identity of the second officer was not made public.

“Some people don’t know they have it when they have it,” Mr. Mauceri said of the virus.

More than 5,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Suffolk County, health officials said Sunday, including at least 68 in Riverhead Town.