Toronto police member tests positive for coronavirus

Mar 19 2020, 9:05 am

A civilian member of the Toronto Police Service has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to communication manager, Meaghan Gray, the case became known to the police on March 18.

Gray told Daily Hive they are actively working with public health authorities to conduct an in-depth investigation relating to the individual and their contacts.

But the TPS wants to assure the public that this member “does not work in a public-facing role within the Service.”

Gray said that “all proper notifications were made and immediate steps were taken.”

In addition, enhanced cleaning measures, such as extra surface cleaning in frequently accessed areas, will be undertaken as has been recommended by public health officials.

Right now, any individual who worked in close proximity to the member has been advised to self-monitor.

“We continue to strongly advise our members to continue following the advice of Toronto Public Health and implement social distancing, engage in frequent hand-washing with soap, and practice self-isolation, as advised by authorities,” Gray said.

While most non-essential services in Toronto have been suspended for the time being, emergency services for police, fire, and paramedics are still operational.

There are now over 100 cases of coronavirus in Toronto with 257 total cases in Ontario.