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Griffith tests negative for Covid-19, after meeting secondary contact of patient

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith revealed today that he has tested negative for Covid-19. Griffith, according to a Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) release, was swabbed over the weekend after he met recently with ‘someone who was a secondary contact of another person suspected of being positive for Covid-19’.

Griffith suggested that his ‘close call’ was further evidence that the TTPS is the ‘frontline state agency’ for the pandemic.

Photo: Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith (left) and his wife Nicole Dyer-Griffith during the 2018 Independence Day parade in Port of Spain.
(via Ministry of National Security)

Thus far, two police officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus while, over the past two weeks, the Police Administration Building, Old Police Headquarters, Riverside Plaza and the Moruga and Barrackpore Police Stations all closed temporarily for sanitisation.

“This just shows how susceptible the TTPS is due to the mandatory interaction with the public,” stated Griffith. “Since the closure of our borders and the enforcement of the Public Health Ordinance Regulations in March, the men and women of the TTPS have been out there ensuring that members of the public adhere to the rules.

“[…] Clearly, we have been interacting with the public and with that comes the possible exposure to persons with the virus or their secondary and primary contacts. We have engaged the men and women of the TTPS to be extra careful as we are now seeing community spread and no longer imported cases.

“We have ensured that our officers wear their masks and sanitise themselves on a regular basis. We have also limited visitations at police stations and departments.”

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