Ford in isolation after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Premier Ford Is In Isolation

"This evening, the staff member received a positive result".

A statement from the premier's office says the staff member was tested Tuesday after learning they had been at risk of exposure.

A statement from Ford's office late yesterday says the premier has tested negative.

Despite his test result being negative, Ford is following public health advice for close contacts of positive cases and is self-isolating in Toronto.

Although Ford is now isolating, his office said that he will continue to carry out his duties as premier and communicate with the public. The guidance is to self-isolate for 14 days, Yelich stated.

Public health experts, labour groups and local officials have been calling for sick-leave support for workers for months, arguing it would reduce COVID-19 spread in workplaces.

The premier has come under intense criticism for failing to make a public appearance since last Friday when he announced new COVID related restrictions including on many outdoor activities along with additional police powers, some of which were walked back the next day. He has not spoken publicly since then nor did he appear in Question Period this week.

Meanwhile Government House Leader Paul Calandra and Minister Elliot have said the provincial government will present a paid sick-leave program for essential workers in a matter of days, something that Ford had previously called double dipping.

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