Police officers around Tampa Bay are dying of COVID

Fox 13 reports that many of the 29 Florida law enforcement officers who died from COVID-19 were from Tampa Bay.
The fallen: St. Pete officer Michael Weiskopf, 52 died last week from COVID complications. He was not vaccinated despite his wife's pleas.

Douglas Clark, 67 years old, was a Manatee Corrections Officer who died on Thursday. His status as a vaccinee was not known.

Christopher Broadhead, 32-year-old Polk County deputy sheriff, passed away Monday, after spending several weeks in hospital.

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They are saying that Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd didn't disclose Broadhead's vaccination status. Fox 13 noted that most of the COVID patients are not vaccinated.

"Listen to your doctors and don't listen too much to politicians. Get your vaccine. ... I pray that Christopher's untimely demise will inspire you to get the vaccine.

The numbers are in: Fox 13's report also shows that COVID cases are putting a strain on emergency services all over the region.

Judd stated that approximately 50 Polk County Sheriff's Office employees tested positive for COVID. Five are currently in hospital and one is on a ventilator.

According to deputies, nearly 100 Sarasota County Sheriff's workers were on COVID last week.

As of Saturday, 19 St. Petersburg police officers were out sick. However, the department stated that no one had been admitted to hospital.

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