Civilian member of Saskatoon police tests positive for coronavirus

A civilian member of the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The test was received over the weekend, according to a statement from SPS’s senior public affairs consultant Kelsie Fraser.

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“As a result, those that were determined to have been in close contact with the employee are self-isolating at home and are following advice and direction from (HealthLine) 811,” read the statement provided to Global News on Wednesday.

“The individual who tested positive was not in contact with any member of the public in the course of their duties.”

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According to the SPS website, roughly 150 civilians work in a variety of positions with over 500 sworn officers.

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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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