As far as a lot of people are concerned, the COVID-19 threat is pretty much over, however, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers discovered the hard way that that’s not true.

The county’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, who’s currently running again to hold that job, has come down with the disease.

On Thursday, April 28, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department sent out a press release announcing the development. The department reported that, earlier in the day, Rogers tested positive for COVID-19.

He’s now experiencing symptoms including “headache, cough, congestion, body soreness and dizziness.”

The press release also notes that, previously to testing positive, Rogers had been vaccinated and had also received a booster shot.

In addition, it noted that, in order to avoid exposing others, Rogers will be under quarantine and will be following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit in 2020, Guilford County took a great deal of effort to see that county employees who couldn’t stay home – such as first responders like Sheriff’s deputies – had the gear they needed for protection.

The Sheriff’s Department also took major precautions to stop the spread of the virus in the jail among detention officers and inmates.

However, infections are unavoidable in a pandemic, and, in December of 2020, Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Master Corp. Deputy Sheriff Norman Daye passed away after being treated for coronavirus.

Now the disease has hit the top level of the department.

Rogers will return to the office only when his symptoms are resolved.

According to the press release, “As a safety precaution, the Sheriff’s Office has made its best effort to identify and notify those persons who had recent close contacts with Sheriff Rogers of their potential exposure to COVID-19.  Anyone who had close contact with the Sheriff during the past week is encouraged to monitor themselves for COVID-related symptoms and to seek medical care if appropriate.”