3 more Toronto police members test positive for coronavirus

Mar 31 2020, 6:26 pm

Three more Toronto Police Service members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Toronto Police spokesperson Meaghan Gray told Daily Hive that there are now five members in total who have tested positive for the virus.

One case is from Toronto Police Headquarters, three are from 14 Division in Dovercourt Road and Dundas Street West, and another is from 23 Division in Finch Avenue and Kipling Avenue.

“In every case, we work with public health authorities who conduct an in-depth investigation related to each member and their contacts,” Gray said.

She also noted that at every location, enhanced cleaning measures have been put in place, such as additional surface cleaning in frequently accessed areas, as recommended by public health officials.

Those who work in close proximity to members who have tested positive are advised to self-monitor.

“Protecting its members is of paramount importance. The Service continues to provide its members with the most up-to-date information from public health officials with respect to self-screening, social distancing, frequent hand-washing with soap, and practicing self-isolation,” Gray said.

Earlier this month, the first two police officers who were diagnosed were from the police headquarters and 14 Division.

Police officers are still an essential service to the city along with Fire Services and paramedics.

On Monday, six firefighters were also diagnosed with coronavirus.

In addition, the city also confirmed that other essential workers tested positive including, eight Toronto Public Health workers, along with 12 physicians, 13 nurses, and six other healthcare staff.

As of March 30, there are 591 cases with 30 recovered and six deceased.

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