The North Bay Police Service is putting enhanced safety measures in place after a member tested positive for COVID-19 while off duty.
Police say the exposure did not occur in the workplace, but the service has asked several other members to self-isolate as a precaution as they may have been in contact with the person who tested positive.
The police service is not releasing the name of the member who tested positive, but says there is no danger to the public.
“The North Bay Police Service has been in constant contact with the North Bay and Parry Sound District Health Unit since being informed of the initial positive test and have implemented enhanced health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of this virus,” a statement from police said.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, our service has followed COVID-19 workplace safety precautions in NBPS headquarters, as well as for officers on patrol who regularly interact with members of the public in North Bay and Callander.”
Members of the public will be restricted from entering police headquarters, except when necessary. Online, phone and curbside options will be available.
Staff and officers also will practise enhanced protective measures while at the station, police say, with the aim of reducing in-person contact and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“By following these strict and necessary protocols, the NBPS are working to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all of its members and for the public we serve,” police said.
The health unit reported six new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, all in Nipissing District.
There are now 19 active cases, of which 18 are in Nipissing District, including six people in hospital, and one in Parry Sound District.
The health unit district has had a total of 467 cases of COVID-19.
Of those, two have since been confirmed to be the variant first identified in India, with one each in Nipissing and Parry Sound districts – the case in Nipissing District was reported last month.
Meanwhile, one existing case in Nipissing District has been confirmed as the variant first identified in Brazil.
The number of existing cases previously identified as the variants first identified in the U.K. and South Africa remained unchanged at 113 and 28, respectively.
Most cases of the variant first identified in the U.K., or 58, are in Nipissing District. All cases of the variant first identified in South Africa have been Nipissing District.
A total of 15 existing cases, including 13 in Nipissing District, have been identified as variants, but have not been genotyped.
The health unit administered another 1,812 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday afternoon.
The latest update brings the number of doses administered to date up to 82,729.
This includes first and second doses administered to both residents and non-residents at vaccine events within the health unit region.
There are now 75,691 residents with at least one dose of vaccine, representing 69.7 per cent of the health unit’s adult population. This may include residents who have received a dose outside of the health unit district.
Of all adult residents, about 61.3 per cent have only one dose and 8.35 per cent have two doses.
Residents 80 years of age and older in the health unit district currently have the highest rate of full vaccination, or two doses, of any age group at more than 27 per cent.