Police Performing CPR May Have Been Exposed To Coronavirus

Keith Menconi
March 06, 2020 - 10:14 am
Several Sunnyvale police officers may have been exposed to coronavirus after responding to call

KCBS Radio/Keith Menconi


Seven officers with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety have been advised to self-isolate after performing CPR on a man who was possibly exposed to the coronavirus.

The officers were called to a medical emergency on Thursday where they performed CPR on an unconscious 72-year-old man who died at the scene. The victim turned out to be a recent passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship that is now circling off the coast of San Francisco while sick passengers and crew are tested for the virus. 

“While obtaining the patient’s medical history, a family member advised us that the patient had recently been on a cruise where two other passengers were suspected of having COVID-19,” said Public Safety Chief Phan Ngo.

A recent passenger from Placer County on the Grand Princess died of the disease and several others have been infected after disembarking Feb. 21 from a voyage to Mexico. 

However, Sunnyvale officials stress they have not confirmed that the man who died was infected with the coronavirus and the officers did not perform mouth to mouth.

They will not be returning to work for the time being out of caution and are isolating themselves at home.

“We are taking every step possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the officers who were on the call and the Sunnyvale community,” said Ngo.

Testing is underway to determine the man’s cause of death.

Reported by Keith Menconi, written by Jessica Yi