Ford in isolation after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Premier Ford Is In Isolation

The premier has received a negative test result.

Members of Premier's Office staff who were close contacts of the individual who tested positive will also isolate. After learning about his risk to exposure, Ford left the legislature to be tested.

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

Doug Ford's government will be announcing "additional enhancements" to paid sick days in the "very near future", Ontario government house leader, Paul Calandra, said at Queen's Park on Wednesday without providing further details.

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Ontario residents 60 or over are now eligible for a vaccine and can book an appointment through the province's booking system . Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of Ontario's science advisory panel, said in presenting the latest projections.

"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.

The backlash against the new extraordinary powers given to police led the province to backtrack on the measure Saturday, but the ban on most outdoor activities remains in place. When asked Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott said he was busy working on getting Ontario vaccines.

Sources tells CityNews an announcement on paid sick days is expected later this week or early next week, but the Ford government won't be supporting the NDP motion on the matter, with Calandra calling it too "vague".

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