Ontario Premier Doug Ford is in isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.
The staffer received the positive test results Tuesday evening, and Ford was in close contact with them Monday.
Ford left the legislature after learning the staff member was at risk of exposure to get tested. His test result came back negative, but he will continue isolating as per public health advice for close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Ford is isolating in Toronto.
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“The Premier will continue leading this government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic while in isolation, including briefings with officials and communicating with the public,” Ford’s director of media relations, Ivana Yelich, said in a statement.
Ford received one dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on April 9, about 10 days before he was exposed to COVID-19. Health experts say it takes the body approximately two weeks to develop immunity following immunization.
Other staff members who were in close contact with the individual are also in isolation.