Coronavirus: COVID-19 outbreak declared in Saskatoon Police Service section

An outbreak was declared after two cases of COVID-19 among Saskatoon Police Service members of its Platoon Patrol Level A. File / Global News

Two COVID-19 cases among Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) members has resulted in an outbreak being declared at one of its sections.

The police force said it was notified that the recent cases among members of its Platoon Patrol Level A were related to workplace transmission and so that section is now in a confirmed outbreak, under steps taken by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

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“The SPS would like to advise the public that service levels are not affected and officers will continue to respond to calls-for-service has they have throughout the pandemic,” read a statement on Monday.

The two members were last in close contact with other SPS members on Dec. 12, 13, and 14, according to a press release.

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Police said all those who were in close contact were notified and standard protocol is being followed.

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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.

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. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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