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Colorado Sheriff's Office Asks for All Criminal Activities to 'Cease Until Further Notice' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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Cars line up outside the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as they wait for the state's first drive-up COVID-19 testing center to open for the day on March 12, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Michael Ciaglo/Getty

A sheriff's department in Colorado has recently asked for all criminal activities to "cease until further notice," amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its contagious nature, the Logan County Sheriff's Office is asking all criminal activities/nefarious conduct to cease until further notice," the Logan County Sheriff's Office wrote on their Facebook page. "We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime and thank criminals in advance. We will update you when you can return to your normal criminal behavior."

Due to the recent concerns about the spread of COVID-19, all visitations at the Logan County Jail will be unavailable...

Posted by Logan County Sheriff's Office - Colorado on Monday, March 16, 2020

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, originated in Wuhan, China but has surged throughout the U.S. infecting over 5,000 people, according to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University. In Colorado, there are at least 160 cases and one death.

As the outbreak continues in the U.S., a number of events have been canceled and many states placed bans on large public gatherings in an effort to stop the virus' spread. The Logan Country Sheriff's Office also jokingly asked citizens to pause their criminal activities.

According to an email sent to Newsweek, the Logan County Sheriff's Department used their Facebook post to help "lighten the mood."

"The post was nothing more than something that was done to brighten people's days and their moods, as we are all affected by what is going on with COVID-19," the sheriff's office wrote.

While it may seem difficult to ask people to place their criminal activities on pause, the Logan Country Sheriff's office was not the only police department to do so.

In Kentucky, the Powell County Sheriff's Office and the Breathitt County Sheriff's Office posted similar messages to their Facebook pages.

"Due to the coronavirus, the Sheriff's department is asking that all criminal activities stop until further notice," the Breathitt County Sheriff's Office wrote. "Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in the matter. We will update you when we deem it's appropriate to proceed with yo [sic] bad selves."

Due to the coronavirus, the Breathitt County Sheriff's department is asking that all criminal activities stop until...

Posted by Breathitt County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, March 12, 2020

According to the tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 21 confirmed coronavirus cases in Kentucky and one death.

"Due to the coronavirus, the Ripley Police Department is asking that all criminal activities stop until further notice," Ripley Police Department in Ripley, Ohio, wrote on their Facebook. "Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in the matter."

Due to the coronavirus, the Ripley Police department is asking that all criminal activities stop until further notice....

Posted by Ripley Police Department on Friday, March 13, 2020

The Puyallup Police Department in Puyallup, Washington, also chimed in on the request for criminal activities to be halted amid the coronavirus. According to the Johns Hopkins' tracker, there are over 900 cases in Washington and at least 48 deaths.

"Due to the local cases of #COVID-19, PPD is asking all criminal activities and nefarious behavior to cease. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime & thank all the criminals in advance," the Puyallup Police Department wrote on their Facebook.

Due to local cases of #COVID-19, PPD is asking all criminal activities and nefarious behavior to cease. We appreciate...

Posted by Puyallup Police Department on Monday, March 16, 2020
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