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Three VPD officers positive for COVID-19 after breaking up downtown party

Last Updated Aug 7, 2020 at 10:21 pm PDT

Summary

The Vancouver Police Department confirmed the three positive tests

Vancouver Police Union president Ralph Kaisers tweeted two entire patrol teams are self-isolating

Up to 20 officers in isolation after breaking up downtown party: sources

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Three Vancouver police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, while up to 20 are in isolation after breaking up a recent party in a downtown highrise apartment, according to sources.

The Vancouver Police Department confirmed the three positive tests on Friday.

“I can confirm we do have three members who have tested positively for COVID-19,” Const. Tania Visintin says in an email. “Those members who have been exposed are isolating at home.”

Vancouver Police Union president Ralph Kaisers tweeted two entire patrol teams are self-isolating after coming in contact with the virus while breaking up the gathering, which had more than 100 people.

According to sources, the party happened in a downtown highrise apartment the weekend of July 25, and up to 20 officers are in isolation as a result.

Contact tracing determined several other people at that party have also tested positive in the past couple of weeks.

A spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health says the authority can not provide any information.

“Vancouver Coastal Health does not comment on specific cases for patient privacy reasons. We would only issue a public notification if our Public Health team felt there was a risk to the public and was not able to directly reach people who may have been exposed. We would only provide the number of cases in the event of a declared outbreak,” says an email statement.