Three Parsons police officers have tested positive for COVID-19.

City Manager Debbie Lamb announced during a city commission meeting on Monday evening that the three officers would remain unnamed and that the rest of the police department was tested for the coronavirus as well as any other city employees who had contact with the officers.

As a result of the positive tests, the police department has reverted to some of the protocols used earlier in the pandemic. According to a press release from Police Chief Robert Spinks that Lamb read, the police department lobby remains open, but the documents window has been closed. Documents now must be requested electronically.

Spinks did not attend Monday’s meeting.

The police department is encouraging the public to communicate by phone as much as possible, and some minor criminal reports will be taken over the phone. Fingerprinting for employment and other non-crime related purposes has been suspended. The police department also is no longer responding to medical calls unless at the request of the Labette Health emergency medical service.

Police officers continue to adhere to wearing masks when speaking to people in the public and maintain social distancing, avoiding contact whenever possible.

The press release said that because they are instructed to maintain safe social distance when possible, police officers may ask reporting parties to walk outside to speak to them instead of the officers entering a home or business.

According to the Labette County Health Department, the county now has 89 cases, with 65 having recovered. The county doesn’t reveal numbers for individual cities.

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