Barbourville Police Department officials announce all members are vaccinated
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox County has been one of Eastern Kentucky’s major COVID-10 hotspots with more than 7,000 total cases since the pandemic began, causing local law enforcement to take notice.
“A lot of our departments been quarantined when the guys have been off sick with COVID,” Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye said. “So then, everybody getting their shots and getting vaccinated, that helps us protect ourselves.”
Officials with the department announced on Friday that the entire staff is now fully vaccinated against the virus, one of the first in the region to do so.
“We’ve took many precautions as far as hand sanitizer, wearing masks, they all got vaccinated,” Tye said. “We’re trying to minimize our downtime here so we can spend more time out working our cases and doing things we need to be doing.”
Tye said that their goal is to make sure that every person that walks in and out of the station’s doors remains safe and healthy.
“It seems that if you’re vaccinated, the virus is not as bad on you if you are vaccinated,” Tye said. “So it would be nice if more people would step up and get vaccinated.”
Having already contracted COVID-19, Tye said that it is relieving to be able to move forward and serve the community with far less worry.
“I’ve had COVID myself, we’ve had probably three or four here that’s had it,” Tye said. “It makes us short-handed and knowing that everybody’s got it and we can come to work and do our job and not really have to worry about it as much is a big relief.”
A Southeastern Kentucky police department recently reached a milestone in its fight against COVID-19.
Officials with the Barbourville City Police Department announced on Facebook last week that all members of the department are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Police chief Winston Tye said he is relieved, but the station will not stop taking precautions.
“We’ve took many precautions as far as hand sanitizer, wearing masks, they all got vaccinated,” he said. “We’re trying to minimize our downtime here so we can spend more time out working our cases and doing things we need to be doing.”
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