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Broward’s central dispatch evacuates after coronavirus diagnosis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a Broward County employee was diagnosed with COVID-19, the Broward Regional Communications’ Central Dispatch evacuated on Thursday evening in Sunrise.

The evacuation allowed for the decontamination of the center from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and services resumed at 9 p.m., according to Gerdy St. Louis, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

During the evacuation dispatch routed 911 service calls to Broward County’s north and south dispatch centers, St. Louis said.

The department is still grieving the death of Nikima Thompson, a mother who worked as a communications operator. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 2 and died May 4 at just 41 years old.

Broward Sheriff's Office emergency communications operator Nikima Thompson, 41, died of COVID-19.
Broward Sheriff's Office emergency communications operator Nikima Thompson, 41, died of COVID-19. (Courtesy of Thompson family)

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Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Louis Wilson contributed to this report.


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