On October 21, 2020, an RCMP officer was notified by Manitoba public health officials that they had tested positive for COVID-19. The general duty officer worked in Selkirk and surrounding areas during the daytime hours of October 11-13. The affected officer had interactions with the public during this time but was wearing a mask.
Public health officials are now doing contact tracing and will communicate with anyone considered a close contact, and provide them with information on next steps.
The Manitoba RCMP has implemented numerous safety precautions throughout detachments across the province, including physical barriers, increased hand-washing stations, and requiring that when possible, officers wear masks when interacting with the public.
To limit contact with police personnel, the public is encouraged to call their local detachment with questions, and to only attend a detachment when it is necessary. The Manitoba RCMP has also launched an online crime reporting tool for residents living in Selkirk and surrounding areas: https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2020/manitoba-rcmp-launches-trial-online-crime-reporting-system-non-emergency-incident.