COVID-19 forcing some jails, police departments to close

Associated Press: The coronavirus surge is creating problems for Missouri police departments and sheriff’s offices, forcing some to temporarily close to the public and prompting others to relocate jail inmates.

Springfield police on Monday shut down the lobby of the police station, citing “a staffing shortage, made worse recently due to the impact of COVID-19,” according to a news release. It wasn’t clear how many employees have the virus. A spokeswoman said she did not immediately have that information.

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