OPC counts 16 ongoing cases

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All in-person instruction at the Ontario Police College (OPC) remains suspended, as the cumulative COVID-19 case count from a recent outbreak at the facility reaches 118.

As of Tuesday, March 16, there were 16 ongoing cases, with the majority now considered resolved, said Ministry of the Solicitor General spokesperson Brent Ross.

“The college is working with local public health to determine when it is safe to return to the in-person format, as well as any additional protocols necessary to ensure the continued health and safety of all,” said Mr. Ross.

The outbreak was first identified Monday, Feb. 22. All staff and recruits—about 700—were tested on Thursday, Feb. 25, and the case count had increased since.

When asked what health and safety protocol changes would be made to the OPC following the outbreak, Mr. Ross said, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPC has implemented safety measures to protect recruits and staff.

“This includes mandatory screening, isolation as appropriate, on-site testing, and providing personal protective equipment.”

There are no cases of variant coronavirus strains associated with OPC, confirmed Southwestern Public Health spokesperson Megan Cornwell.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express