Increased Covid Cases At Guelph Police Services - And Other News

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COVID outbreak declared at Guelph Police Service

(Updated January 7, 2021)

The Guelph Police Service has been notified of an additional positive COVID-19 test by one of its members. The Service learned of the most recent diagnosis the afternoon of Jan. 5. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has confirmed the case is connected to the COVID-19 outbreak previously reported.

The Service continues to work with Public Health to manage and limit the spread of the virus.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Guelph Police Service.

The declaration comes as four members of the police service have tested positive for the virus in recent days. The identities and work units of the affected members will not be released to protect their privacy. Those members are self-isolating and recovering.

As well, a number of additional Guelph Police Service members have been identified as “high-risk contacts” and are currently isolating in accordance with Public Health guidelines.

"We are incredibly proud of our members, and their families, as we continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges of the current pandemic,” said Guelph Police Service Chief Gord Cobey. “All first responders, medical providers and front-line workers continue to work very hard to serve our community".

The Guelph Police Service is cooperating fully with Public Health.

“We know COVID-19 is circulating in our community,” Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement. “With higher number of cases, we will continue to see cases at work, in schools and long-term care, and in individual households. WDG Public Health is working with the Guelph Police Service to manage cases and limit any spread of the virus. Members of the public do not need to take any action unless contacted by Public Health.”

Other News

Cellphone holster draws police to Guelph store

An adult male is likely rethinking how he carries his cellphone after the current method drew a heavy police presence to a west-end store Wednesday evening.

About 7:10 p.m., the Guelph Police Service was called about a male wearing a shoulder holster while shopping at a store on Elmira Road South. The caller did not see a weapon, but was concerned the holster possibly contained ammunition.

Several officers attended and located the male still inside the store. The holster was found to be designed for cellphones and held only the male’s phone. No charges were laid.

Security foils significant shoplifting attempt

A security officer at a west-end store foiled a significant shoplifting attempt Wednesday afternoon, recovering almost $1,200 worth of product outside the store.

The Guelph Police Service was called to a store on Paisley Road near Imperial Road South about 2:10 p.m. After stopping the female suspect the security officer advised she was under arrest but she took off and was last seen leaving the parking lot in a red Nissan.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Abigail Campbell at 519-824-1212, ext. 7111, email her at acampbell@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous tip for Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous top online at www.csgw.tips.

Male faces Guelph charges following arrest by OPP

A 31-year-old male is facing drug charges in Guelph after he was arrested early Thursday morning.

Wellington County OPP officers stopped the male shortly after 1 a.m. in Mount Forest. They discovered he was wanted for breaching a bail condition imposed last summer in a Guelph courtroom which required him to report to the John Howard Society.

Guelph Police Service officers met with the OPP and took custody of the male. A search at the Guelph Police station revealed baggies containing small amounts of cocaine and Percocet tablets. He was charged with two counts of possessing controlled substances as well as failing to comply with a release order.

The male was held for a bail hearing Thursday morning.

Guelph Police Service reminds motorists to follow rules of the road

The Guelph Police Service has investigated 12 collisions and 21 driving complaints so far this year. Fortunately only one collision resulted in minor injuries.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down, follow the rules of the road and drive according to weather conditions in order to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours - 150

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