Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath says she tested positive for COVID-19 just two weeks before Ontario residents go to the polls.
Horwath announced this on Twitter early Thursday
“Like many others in this pandemic, I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning,” Horwath wrote.
“We’re doing our best to keep everyone safe. I was looking forward to seeing people in northern Ontario,” she continued. “We’ll have to make adjustments, but I’ll continue to connect with people as best I can for sure.”
Horwath told her to go to Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kenora, Sandy Lake First Nation and North Bay over the next few days.
However, she said adjustments are being made, adding: “Stay safe and take care of each other and see you all on Zoom.”
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Green leader Mike Schreiner also tested positive for the virus late on Wednesday.
Schreiner said he will be attending events virtually and is self-isolating in accordance with health guidelines. He said he hopes to return to campaigning on Tuesday.
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So far, Liberal leader Steven Del Duca and PC leader Doug Ford have made no announcements about being COVID-19 positive. \
All four party leaders took part in a debate Monday night in Toronto.
Del Duca’s office told Global News that he tested negative Thursday morning and is “symptom free and feeling great and he wishes Mike and Andrea a speedy recovery.”
Global News reached out to Ford’s office to see if he took a COVID-19 test, following Horwath and Schreiner.
“It’s been more than 48 hours so he’s not considered a close contact. He has no symptoms. He will continue to follow public health guidelines,” a Ford spokesman said.
It is unclear whether Ford did a quick test on Thursday as a precaution.
The news comes as party leaders are in the middle of a provincial campaign with two weeks to go.
In Ontario, the primary election has begun and election day itself is June 2nd.
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