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Ross Pranter

Ross Pranter, 37, is the only local police officer to be diagnosed with the disease caused by the coronavirus. (APD)

Austin patrol Officer Ross Pranter woke up on the last Friday in March with no sense of taste or smell.

Three weeks in quarantine and recovery later, Pranter returned to his South Central Austin patrol shift feeling happy, healthy, cautious—and lucky, because his bout with COVID-19 had been uneventful.

Even so, he said Friday, "I wouldn't wish this on anybody."

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