More than two dozen employees of the Palm Springs Police Department were quarantining at home Monday due to exposure to COVID-19, with nine of them testing positive for the virus, police said.

“Some of these exposures occurred away from work while many occurred during the course of work,” Capt. Mike Kovaleff said. “Nearly all of the impacted staff members that were quarantined strictly due to exposure guidelines have tested negative, have remained asymptomatic, and will be returning to duty in the next few days.”

The 27 employees include both sworn peace officers and non-sworn personnel who work in various areas of the department, the captain said.

The temporary loss of staff has not affected response times for service calls, he said.

“The police department has additional plans in place in the event there are staffing shortages that will impact our service capability,” Kovaleff said.

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