PITTSBURGH — Sources tell Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle that multiple Pittsburgh Police officers at the Zone 6 station in the West End have tested positive for COVID-19.
Earle has learned the station was deep-cleaned yesterday; it’s the same place where Officer Brian Rowland worked.
The 47-year-old passed away over the weekend after sources say he contracted COVID.
Earle spoke with Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, who is urging all public safety employees to get vaccinated.
Hissrich confirmed that there are at least nine positive cases in the Police Bureau, and he said only 60% of the police force has been vaccinated.
Hissrich said the Bureau of Fire has a 75% vaccination rate and no positive cases.
Emergency Medical Services has a 94% vaccination rate and one positive case.
Hissrich said they are at higher risk because they at times transport patients with COVID.
While nonunion city employees are required to be vaccinated or get tested weekly, there is no requirement for union workers.
Hissrich said he’s in talks with all the unions and he hopes to reach agreements soon. While there’s been an uptick at Zone 6, Hissrich said there are no staffing issues.
In fact, he said the highest positive case total in Public Safety was 47 in December of 2020, with 273 workers off at the time.