** Updated January 7, 2021

The Guelph Police Service has been notified of an additional positive COVID-19 test by one of its members. The Service learned of the most recent diagnosis the afternoon of Jan. 5. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has confirmed the case is connected to the COVID-19 outbreak previously reported.

The Service continues to work with Public Health to manage and limit the spread of the virus.

 

 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Guelph Police Service.

The declaration comes as four members of the police service have tested positive for the virus in recent days. The identities and work units of the affected members will not be released to protect their privacy. Those members are self-isolating and recovering.

As well, a number of additional Guelph Police Service members have been identified as “high-risk contacts” and are currently isolating in accordance with Public Health guidelines.

"We are incredibly proud of our members, and their families, as we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges of the current pandemic,” said Guelph Police Service Chief Gord Cobey. “All first responders, medical providers and front-line workers continue to work very hard to serve our community".

The Guelph Police Service is cooperating fully with Public Health.

“We know COVID-19 is circulating in our community,” Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement. “With higher number of cases, we will continue to see cases at work, in schools and long-term care, and in individual households. WDG Public Health is working with the Guelph Police Service to manage cases and limit any spread of the virus. Members of the public do not need to take any action unless contacted by Public Health.”