Highland Park Police Chief Hospitalized With COVID-19

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HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) - One of the many victims to contract the coronavirus in Michigan is Highland Park Police Chief Hilton Napoleon.

Napoleon has been hospitalized for the past two weeks. His brother, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, tells WWJ's Vickie Thomas he's holding out hope.

"He has been slowly, very slowly improving but he is still very sick. We're just hoping and praying," he said.

Since Napoleon has been hospitalized, he has been completely isolated from everyone except his medical team. 

"Nobody from our family has seen him. We've had communications with the treating physician and the nursing staff but he is totally no contact and that really is -- obviously that's impacted his kids, his wife and my mother, who is dealing with it but you can tell she's taking it pretty hard not being able to see her child," Benny Napoleon said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the state has 2,295 cases of COVID-19, with a total of 43 deaths now confirmed. Eighty-five percent of all cases are reported in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The next update is expected around 2 p.m. Thursday.

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