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COVID-19 outbreak declared at paramedic station

There have been five cases at North Division, three have been linked
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First it was a station of the Cambridge Fire Department, then a division at Waterloo Regional Police, now a COVID-19 outbreak is impacting paramedics in the region.

On Wednesday, Region of Waterloo Public Health declared an outbreak at Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services’ North Division.

Three employees tested positive, and all cases have been linked to the workplace.

Two other cases were also detected, but the investigation by health officials has not yet identified an epidemiological link to the workplace setting.

The health department has been in contact with any close contacts, who have been instructed to self-isolate.

"Most are experiencing relatively minor symptoms and are all recovering in isolation at home,” Stephen Van Valkenburg, Chief of Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, explained in a news release.

“Public Health and Paramedic Services have completed contact tracing and are confident there is no risk to the public or any impact on our ability to safely respond to 911 calls and provide care.” he added.

 

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