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TPH investigating after COVID-19 outbreaks at Toronto Police College, 31 Division

Last Updated Feb 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm EST

A Toronto police badge is seen in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating after The Toronto Police Service (TPS) reported that it has been managing two COVID-19 outbreaks at 31 Division and the Toronto Police College.

TPS reported 32 total cases but has not released the specific number of cases in each location for multiple reasons, including that the situation is “rapidly-evolving,” and numbers change frequently throughout the day, so providing them would not be an accurate reflection of the outbreak.

They also said “it’s not in our interest to disclose how many members we have on/off duty,” adding that they have still been able to deliver all frontline services to the community.

At 31 Division, resources for other parts of the city are being assigned to assist with calls and police say there has been no impact on their ability to provide policing.

The Toronto Police College has suspended all in-person training and have been offering virtual training where it is possible.

TPS says they are also undergoing extensive contract tracing and both locations have undergone multiple disinfections.

TPH says its outbreak investigation will include “a general review of the situation, reviewing the 32 cases that are being reported, list of contacts and discussion regarding what infection control and public health measures are in place, such as physical distancing, and adherence to wearing masks.”

In a statement, Dr. Vinita Dubey, Toronto’s Associate Medical officer of health said:

“It is important to remember that COVID-19 spreads through close contact with someone who is infected with the virus and does not spread from specific locations, or settings. This is why we continue to remind people to please continue to follow steps for self-protection: stay home as much as possible, keep a safe distance, wear your mask and wash your hands often.”