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COVID-19 hits two of Miami-Dade’s largest police departments as enforcement ramps up
1:15 p.m.: The rapid recent rise in coronavirus infections in South Florida has begun to put a dent in some South Florida police departments.
In the past few weeks Miami and Miami Beach have lost more than 10% of their sworn forces, with officers either testing positive for the quickly-spreading virus, or out awaiting a test result because they were in close proximity to someone who contracted the disease.
As of Thursday in Miami, that meant 140 of its more than 1,300 police officers were at home recuperating or nervously waiting to find out if they’d been infected. For Miami Beach, 41 of its 400-person force are at home.
But it comes at a