Rapid City officer tests positive for COVID-19


RAPID CITY (AP) – The Rapid City Police Department says one of its officers has tested positive for COVID-19.

Police officials said they learned of the positive test result late Monday afternoon. The officer informed his supervisor when he first began developing symptoms. He remains in self-quarantine.

Supervisors are in the process of determining a timeline of contacts the officer may have made within the last two weeks.

The department is monitoring the health of employees who may have had contact with the officer.

“As a law enforcement agency, we serve a critical infrastructure role,” said Police Chief Karl Jegeris. “We are not in a position to discontinue our services to the community, however, we are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the day-to-day work of our officers."

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