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Great Bend police officers test positive for COVID-19, may have exposed others

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 9:01 AM CDT
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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) - Individuals who have had contact with Great Bend police should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, according to the city.

The city said state health officials have identified multiple positive cases within the department.

Those who made contact with police Sept. 4-9 may have been exposed to the virus and should self-monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days. The news has Great Bend residents concerned.

Some are worried about having enough officers to keep the town safe. Great Bend Police Capt. Scott Bieberle said that won’t be a problem.

“At this point, we still have enough officers. We have made contact with the sheriff and he’s willing to help out if we get overwhelmed, but right now, we have enough manpower,” Bieberle said.

He also said standard practices could help with contact tracing.

“All of our traffic stops are recorded on body cam and in-car video,” Bieberle said. “Whenever there’s a traffic stop made, the officer also runs the license through our dispatch center.”

Bieberle said officers are required to wear masks while on duty if social distancing isn’t possible.

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