September 29, 2022

Kilkenny’s ‘Garda Ted’ self-isolating after testing positive for virus

Members of the public have been sending their best wishes to local gardai after it emerged one of their own frontline heroes has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘Garda Ted’ is now tself-isolating after he underwent a test in recent days, but the crime-fighting teddy is hopeful of making a speedy recovery.

Ted has become a big hit with the public since he first hit the beat with local gardai as the pandemic hit.

A local Garda spokesperson said Ted’s unfortunate experience again highlights the needs for anyone who has Covid symptoms to immediately contact their GP.

The spokesperson said: “It is vital that all those who have symptoms of Covid 19 contact their GP. Also those who are deemed close contacts will be required to take a test. This is to protect you and those close to you!

“Sergeant Ted is a frontline worker and so is more cautious than most when it comes to Covid 19. With Ted’s work, he meets loads of people so is at even greater risk. Unfortunately, Ted feels a little off colour and has a sore throat. When he takes his temperature, it’s not normal so he calls the doctor. Test required!

“The test comes back positive but Ted knows bed rest and 14 days isolation are what is required. He knows he can’t go out so he organises a shopping delivery.”

The Garda spokesperson predicted Ted will be back on the frontline “in no time at all”, adding: “Ted knows he hasn’t been careless and hasn’t put others at risk. Be like Ted!”

Over a dozen members of the public send their best wishes within an hour of the news of Ted’s condition emerging on social media last night.

One woman said: “Ted look we just can’t do without you ok do you get yourself better real soon ok. Love ya.”

Another woman joked: “Hope Ted’s doctor is better then ours – he won’t answer the phone.”

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