Eugene police have not yet mandated for officers to wear any protective equipment including masks, gloves or eye protection.

Two Eugene police officers have returned to work after spending the past week in self-quarantine due to a possible exposure to COVID-19.


The two officers administered CPR on Friday, March 20, to an individual that exhibited some symptoms of COVID-19. Test results for the individual, who passed away, came back negative.


In Lane County, only people who have a cough, fever or other symptoms of coronavirus are able to be tested for the virus. In some areas of the country, first responders and medical professionals have been able to be tested as a precautionary measure.


"We have been advocating for that," EPD Captain Eric Klinko said.


Klinko noted that police officers are at a greater risk of contacting coronavirus than most occupations and that departments could be susceptible to outbreaks.


"We are attempting in all contacts to maintain a six-foot distance, but in our line of work, we can’t do that all the time," he added.