At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Westmoreland County Sheriff James Albert said seven of his deputies came into contact with someone who may have had covid-19 and the department was desperate for information on the availability of tests and other support.
“We reached out, but couldn’t get answers initially, so all the deputies had to be quarantined. Fortunately, no one has caught it and they’ve returned to work,” Albert said.
Over the course the last month, those questions arose again with 10 more cases of deputies possibly being exposed.
Finally, Albert said his chief deputy Roger Eckels reached out to a longtime, Dr. A. Timothy Saloom of Mt. Pleasant Township. Saloom is medical director of Integrated Acute Care Services at Somerset Hospital and volunteer director of the Fayette County Tactical Medical Team.