Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Guelph Police Service.

In a Monday news release, police say the declaration comes after five members tested positive for the virus in the past few days. Other members of Guelph police have been identified as high-risk contacts and are currently self-isolating.

Four cases were identified on Monday and a fifth on Thursday.

Scott Tracey of GPS confirms that there is no effect on their service.

"The number is different. It changes all the time as people get tested and cleared and they're able to get back," he said. "For others it's a bit of a longer process depending on how closely they worked with any of the infected members."

Officials did not specify if the outbreak was associated with the police station on Wyndam Street.

“We know COVID-19 is circulating in our community,” said the associate medical officer of health, Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, in a statement. “With higher number of cases, we will continue to see cases at work, in schools and long-term care, and in individual households."

Dr. Tenenbaum adds that members of the public do not have to take any action unless they are contacted by public health.