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Four APD officers test positive for COVID-19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four Albuquerque police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a department spokeswoman.

Rebecca Atkins said that after the two field officers and two recruits tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, every employee in the affected area commands and all other employees who might have come into contact with them were tested.

“All three affected buildings were fully disinfected, along with city vehicles,” Atkins wrote in a news release.

It’s unclear when the officers were diagnosed with COVID-19, but Atkins said three of the four are no longer considered contagious and have returned to work.

She said, in total, five sworn officers and two civilians have tested positive for the virus. APD had previously announced one other officer had the virus in June. It’s unclear when the civilian employees contracted it.

“Since COVID-19 hit New Mexico, the department has been strictly following COVID safe practices, wearing (personal protective equipment) on all calls and keeping a six-foot distance when responding to a property,” Atkins said.

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