Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Twitter

In an internal memo sent to staff, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) said a staff member received a positive COVID-19 test result Tuesday night.

The WFPS indicated the case is considered travel-related and said the employee was not in a front-line position.

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The individual is said to have a support service role in Stores, and was last at work Sep. 3 and 4 at the WFPS Training Academy. At that point, the person was asymptomatic and wore a mask for both shifts.

The service says because the employee wore a mask and followed physical distancing and sanitizing procedure, Manitoba Health has indicated there was a low risk of exposure to others.

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The WFPS Training Academy is undergoing a deep clean, but health officials are not attempting further contact tracing of the person’s co-workers because precautions were taken.

A City of Winnipeg spokesperson told Global News they wish the employee a safe and speedy recovery.

“We are confident that the steps taken to-date in the employee’s workplace will limit the potential transmission of COVID-19; however, we will continue to review this incident to determine if any additional steps are necessary to ensure the continued safety of our employees.”

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