Ontario Premier Doug Ford isolates himself after staff member tests positive for COVID-19
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is isolating himself in Toronto after coming into close contact with a staff member who has since tested positive for COVID-19, his office said Tuesday evening.
The staff member was in contact with Ford on Monday and was tested on Tuesday after learning he was at risk of exposure, according to Ivana Yelich, a spokeswoman for the prime minister.
This staff member received a positive test result on Tuesday evening.
Ford left the Ontario legislature to be tested as soon as he learned the staff member was at risk for exposure, Yelich said in a statement. The Prime Minister has received a negative test result.
“Although the results of his tests were negative, the prime minister will follow all public health advice for close contacts of positive cases, including isolation,” she said.
Ford office staff, who were close contacts of the staff member who tested positive, will also go into isolation.
“We are seeking further advice from Toronto Public Health on any precautions the Premier and isolation staff should follow,” Yelich added.
“The Prime Minister will continue to lead this government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while in isolation, including briefings with officials and communication with the public.”