The Division of Nationwide Defence (DND) has confirmed an outbreak of COVID-19 at Garrison Petawawa, one of many nation’s primary navy bases.
A written assertion from the division adopted a tweet from 4th Canadian Division Assist Group (4 CDSG) and a Postmedia information report.
The assertion describes the outbreak as “small.” Citing operational safety, navy officers are refusing to say how many individuals on the base have been contaminated.
“In accordance with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) COVID-19 protocols, contact tracing and isolation of affected personnel has occurred,” the assertion stated.
“Those that have examined constructive have entry to required medical help. Whereas the CAF doesn’t present COVID-19 constructive case numbers on the native degree, these numbers shall be included within the CAF-wide nationwide reporting.”
As of April 19, there have been 1,525 confirmed instances of coronavirus within the Canadian navy — 99 of them are thought-about “lively” and the remaining have been resolved.
The assertion additionally stated the navy continues to take risk-mitigation measures, together with a vaccination marketing campaign.
In keeping with the Postmedia report, the outbreak is most severe in two items at Petawawa — a helicopter unit and an artillery detachment. These items lately took half in coaching.
DND says it stands by the security measures it is put in place for operations and for the upcoming coaching program at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright, Alberta.
“Over the previous 12 months, the Canadian Military has been coaching successfully and safely in a COVID-19 setting,” stated the assertion.
“All Canadian Military workouts attempt to stick to native, provincial, federal and CAF-established protocols for well being safety.”
The division insisted the coaching — together with Train Maple Resolve, occurring subsequent month in Wainwright, Alberta — is important to sustaining the military’s skill to hold out missions at residence and abroad.