Doug Ford is self isolating for COVID-19 after a staff member tested positive for the virus.
Doug Ford learned that he came in contact with the staff member on Monday. Doug Ford did not attend legislature today and received criticism from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horvath for his absence. It was not disclosed whether he was isolating at the time.
“Immediately upon learning that this staff member was even at risk of exposure, the premier left the legislature to be tested,” the statement from the premier’s office said. “While his test results have returned negative, the premier will follow all public health advice for close contacts of positive cases, including isolating. He will do so in Toronto.”
Ford has said that he continues to be committed to carrying out his duties as he self-isolates. “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,” the statement reiterated.
The statement has also confirmed that other staff members were exposed and are self-isolating. Guidance is being sought from Toronto Public Health as to the precautions that she be followed in light of the exposure.
The news comes as there are increasing calls for Premier Doug Ford to resign from opposition parties.