Alberta Premier Jason Kenney self-isolating after minister tests positive for coronavirus

Oct 21 2020, 6:19 pm

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has gone into self-isolation after one of his ministers tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday.

Kenney is not showing any symptoms, but he’s being tested out of an “abundance of caution,” according to spokesperson Christine Myatt.

The premier was in close contact with Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, who received her positive test result Wednesday afternoon. She’s been self-isolating since the weekend, when one of her own close contacts came down with the virus.

Allard currently has mild symptoms, and all her close contacts have also been directed to self-isolate. Those contacts include Alberta’s Minister of Transportation Ric McIver and MLAs Angela Pitt, Peter Guthrie, and Nathan Neudorff.

Only Allard’s close contacts are required to self-isolate at the moment, and if Kenney or any of the other politicians develop symptoms or test positive then their close contacts will be told to self isolate too, Myatt said.

She added the province is consulting with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw on what to do.

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