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Ontario election today: Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner test positive for COVID-19

It is day sixteen of Ontario elections and leaders of the NDP and Greens have tested positive for COVID-19. Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford and Liberal leader Steven Del Duca both tested negative today.

Meanwhile early polling stations in Ontario are opening today. Voting day is officially set for June 2, but people can start voting early this morning.

Pre-voting runs through May 28, venues are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m

Here are the leaders of Ontario’s main political parties today:

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is expected to be in the Niagara area, with expected stops in Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

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NDP chairwoman Andrea Horwath

Andrea Horwath says she tested positive for COVID-19 in a rapid test this morning.

Horwath says in a statement that she needs to make some adjustments but “will continue to connect with people as best I can.”

She was due to visit Northern Ontario today and have a job posting in Sault Ste. Marie ahead of a planned afternoon visit to Indigenous leaders in Thunder Bay, but she will not be there as planned after testing positive for COVID-19 and will campaign virtually instead.

Horwath will miss a campaign tour with scheduled stops in several northern Ontario cities in the coming days as the province’s current health regulations dictate that people should report after the first appearance of COVID-19 symptoms or after a positive test result, whichever comes first occurs, must isolate for five days .

Horwath will now campaign remotely from a hotel in Ottawa.

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca will be in Mississauga to make an announcement on affordability, followed by a town hall meeting with small business owners. In the afternoon he meets with small business owners. He will later be in Ottawa to meet and greet supporters.

Green leader Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner has no planned in-person public events as he is isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

Schreiner will make an announcement this morning about protecting the water and building a livable future for the residents of Ontar.

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This content appears to be provided by the original wire service to The Globe. It has not been edited by Globe staff.

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