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Negative result for Halifax officer being tested for COVID-19: police

Halifax Regional Police file image. Global News

A Halifax Regional Police officer whose family member was in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 has not contracted the virus.

Halifax police confirmed the negative test result Sunday.

“We appreciate all the support and kind wishes we have had from community members,” read press release issued late Sunday.

“We continue to take every precaution necessary to protect our employees as well as the public from challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

On Friday, police said one of its officers was being tested after they learned of the possible exposure. All officers who had contact with the officer self-isolated, while the officer’s workplace was thoroughly disinfected with a particular focus on high-touch surfaces,  equipment and vehicles.

“In the interest of safeguarding the health of our employees and citizens we serve, we are exercising an abundance of caution and transparency and taking a number of steps,” said Halifax police in a press release.

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Following the negative test result, police say all employees who were sent home for self-isolation will be returning to work. and all necessary steps are being taken as outlined by public health.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

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