NPS - National Park Service

01/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2021 19:56

Statement from the United States Park Police Regarding Acting Chief Monahan Testing Positive for COVID-19

Date: January 21, 2021
Contact: [email protected]

United States Park Police Acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan tested positive for COVID-19 today. Deputy Chief Pamela A. Smith will serve as the acting chief of police.

As soon as he learned of his positive test result, Acting Chief Monahan took swift action to report his diagnosis to our public health officials so they could rapidly begin contact tracing.

The NPS Office of Public Health, which is led and staffed by commissioned U.S. Public Health Service doctors and public health professionals, is coordinating with local and state health departments on contact tracing and any other appropriate actions. The NPS has followed CDC guidance and best practices in notifying the public and our employees of potential exposure to COVID-19, implementing telework policies, cleaning public and work spaces, and other response and mitigation measures.

Because there are possible unrecognized COVID-19 exposures throughout U.S. communities, we encourage everyone to remain alert for symptoms and to follow the CDC's guidance for disease prevention and protection.

About the United States Park Police: USPP supports the mission of the National Park Service by providing law enforcement to safeguard lives, protect national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserve the natural and cultural resources entrusted to the care of the National Park Service. USPP officers are located in the Washington, New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. The force was created by President George Washington in 1791.