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RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki self-isolating after exposure to coronavirus

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki sits for an interview in Ottawa on Friday, May 4, 2018.
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki sits for an interview in Ottawa on Friday, May 4, 2018. Justin Tang/CP

Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Brenda Lucki says she is self-isolating after exposure to the novel coronavirus.

“I’ve learned that I was recently exposed to someone who tested positive for #COVID19,” she wrote in a tweet Wednesday evening.

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Lucki said she has been tested and is “self-isolating as a precaution,” as she waits for results.

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Lucki encouraged the public to use the COVID Alert app, which is available in eight provinces and notifies users if they have been exposed to the virus.

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Lucki was named commissioner of the RCMP in March 2018.

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In an emailed statement to Global News, the RCMP said Lucki “took all appropriate steps after hearing she was exposed to a positive case.”

“She underwent immediate testing and is following the Government of Canada’s isolation guidelines until she receives her results.”

They added: “No other members of the senior management team are self-isolating at this time.”

The news comes as Canada continues to grapple with the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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On Wednesday, 4,639 new infections and 100 new deaths were reported across the country.