Paramedic tests positive for COVID-19

GUELPH – A local paramedic has tested positive for COVID-19.

Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) officials stated in a Jan. 8 press release the paramedic contracted the virus while caring for a patient.

Two other paramedics, who were in close contact with the positive case, are self-isolating and awaiting test results, officials say.

To date, four GWPS members have tested positive for COVID-19, three of whom have recovered and returned to work.

“The paramedic is suffering mild symptoms and we hope they recover quickly,” stated GWPS chief Stephen Dewar.

“We’re grateful to have had so few cases so far. I’m proud of the team for being well-prepared and diligent with their personal protective equipment.

“They’re taking good care of themselves, each other and our community.”

Officials say the news will have no impact on response times or emergency services.

“Replacement paramedics are filling scheduled shifts, all ambulances are staffed and continue responding to emergency calls,” states the GWPS release.