KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is an outbreak of COVID-19 within the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department, Chief of Police Rick Smith said Tuesday morning.
At the Board of Police Commissioners meeting, Smith said the outbreak is concerning but isn’t affecting KCPD’s coverage so far.
KCPD Rick Smith said there’s been a COVID 19 outbreak within the police department which started last week. Smith said a cause for concern, but coverage not affected so far. @41actionnews for further updates on today’s police board meeting. pic.twitter.com/8VLbe1fFz1— Andy Alcock (@AndyAlcock2) November 10, 2020
A 41 Action News crew at the meeting learned 1,200 officers have been tested for COVID-19.
Of those, 131 tested positive, for a positivity rate of 10.9%.
KCPD said those numbers are totals within the department since March.
Currently, 54 officers are quarantined, 18 are recovering, and 113 have returned to work.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Quinton Lucas is expected to introduce ideas for reform in the department’s Office of Community Complaints.