Health unit declares COVID-19 ‘workplace outbreak’ at the Barrie Police Service

“Through contact tracing and a comprehensive investigation, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit has verified that our service has implemented all the necessary precautions to contain the outbreak and spread of the virus.” – Police chief Kimberley Greenwood


The Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit has declared a workplace outbreak in the Barrie Police Service after two members contracted COVID-19 over the weekend.
The members, who work in a small and very specialized unit, tested positive for COVID-19, says the service. A workplace outbreak is defined when two or more cases from a workplace are reported within 48 hours. The affected members have experienced only mild symptoms and there is no report of serious illness.
Since the beginning of the COVID -19 pandemic, the service says it has undertaken very stringent practices to ensure the safety of its members and the community.
“Through contact tracing and a comprehensive investigation, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit has verified that our service has implemented all the necessary precautions to contain the outbreak and spread of the virus. The two members have not had close contact with the public and there is no risk to the community of contracting the virus from them,” said Chief of Police Kimberley Greenwood.
The service has more than adequate staffing levels in place to respond to any call for service and encourages the community to follow the guidelines set out by public health officials to stop the spread of this virus, says Greenwood.

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