A frontline officer has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Hamilton police.
The service has released few details but said the patrol officer had not had contact with anyone in the community since March 12, where it’s believed he contracted COVID-19.
“The member did report to a shift on March 22 but was immediately sent home,” Police spokesperson Jackie Penman told Global News, “The member has been self-isolating since then.”
Penman did not have any specifics on when the officer may have contracted the virus but said he was recovering at home with immediate family as per the advice of public health.
Members who came in contact with the patrolman have been asked to self-monitor for symptoms going forward, according to Penman.
Hamilton police association president Clint Twolan confirmed to Global News that the officer is at home self-isolating and has not been in contact with any member of the community in their role as a police officer.
“I can’t provide details on the officer other than to say they are recovering in the latter stages,” said Twolan.
“The Association is supporting the Service’s position in that, should any police officer or civilian member suspect that they have symptoms, they contact health officials and follow their direction.”
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