SUDBURY -- A member of the Ontario Provincial Police in northeastern Ontario has been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

OPP says it is the first time since the pandemic began that a uniformed member has been diagnosed.

The person affected serves the Nipissing West detachment area, but officials say the specific work location is being withheld to respect the person's privacy.

OPP was notified of the diagnosis on March 21 and says the member is recovering in isolation and is following their doctor's instruction.

Formerly known as the Sudbury detachment, OPP Nipissing West also has offices in Killarney, Noelville, Sturgeon Falls, and Warren.

As of April 13, there are now seven OPP members that have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Sergeant Carlo Berardi.