Coronavirus: RCMP considers suspending academy training

Despite no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the RCMP Depot Division in Regina, academy training might be suspended.

“RCMP Depot Division continues to work closely with provincial and national health agencies to monitor and respond to the situation,” RCMP said in media release sent on Thursday.

“All options are under consideration at this time, including the suspension of training.”

RCMP said it has protocols and procedures in place to deal with different types of health situations, including COVID-19.

Since March 13, the RCMP Academy has been closed to visitors. All public events at the academy have been postponed including the RCMP Charity Ball, the YQR VetRun and all tours.

“We are continually assessing those processes and ensuring our continuity plans are updated and in place,” the media release read.

RCMP is also encouraging any of their employees to work from home if possible.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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