Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Police staff, including pregnant woman, test positive for COVID-19

Five staff at Lincolnshire Police, including a pregnant woman, have tested positive for coronavirus during lockdown.

The affected employees are a mix of police officers, PSCOs and police staff. The most recent COVID-19 test result was received on Monday, May 4.

Kerrin Wilson, Assistant Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police, told Lincolnshire Reporter that she has personally spoken to all five members of staff to offer re-assurance and allay any concerns they may have.

Welfare officers are also keeping in regular contact with them to ensure their wellbeing is being looked after.

ACC Wilson said: “We have had five positive results for coronavirus. If we suspect that someone needs a test, we have processes in place that their family would also get tested.

“We also had one member of staff with symptoms who couldn’t return home as their wife is vulnerable so alternative accommodation was sorted until they were able to get tested and receive their results.”

When Lincolnshire Police get called to a job during the coronavirus lockdown, its force control room will try and determine if anyone at the address has COVID-19 symptoms so officers can be fully briefed.

If there are COVID-19 related symptoms, officers will attend in full protective equipment. If there are no symptoms the officers will attend as normal, but with PPE to hand.

ACC Wilson added that any officers that are coughed or spat at in the line of duty, can access support from experienced and well-trained staff to look after their welfare, which includes help booking to get tested for coronavirus.

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