The Guelph Police Service is confirming a member has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Following the advice of public health authorities, the member is in isolation and is recovering. We wish them a speedy recovery. Their families and colleagues are in our thoughts.

Nine other members are in self-isolation as a precaution following contact tracing by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

The service member who tested positive works at the Headquarters location. The member’s name is being withheld to respect their privacy. The Guelph Police Service was made aware of the respective diagnosis on December 30, 2020.

That member last worked on Sunday, December 27, and did not experience any symptoms while at work. The member self-isolated and sought a COVID-19 test the following day at the onset of symptoms.

The Guelph Police Service remains committed to the health and safety of our members and will continue to make decisions that help us limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community we serve.

“This positive test is an important reminder of the challenges faced every day by our members, as well as all first responders and other front-line workers, as they strive to deliver the highest level of service during these unprecedented times,” said Guelph Police Chief Gord Cobey. “On behalf of our leadership team we would like to thank and recognize not only our members, but all first responders and front-line workers for their tireless commitment to our community.

“We would also encourage the community to continue following all Public Health guidelines,” Cobey added.