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Conservative leader Erin O'Toole tests positive for COVID-19

Last Updated Sep 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm EDT

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole introduces his Deputy Leader Candice Bergen as they holda a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a brief statement released by the party late Friday night, they said O’Toole is “very relieved that his wife and children have tested negative.”

The party added that O’Toole remains in self-isolation and is feeling well.

O’Toole’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying an aide O’Toole had been travelling with had tested positive for COVID-19 this week. As a result O’Toole, his wife Rebecca, and their children Mollie and Jack would all be self-isolating and getting tested.

Word of O’Toole’s positive test came the same day Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet confirmed he had contracted the virus. Blanchet’s wife, Nancy Deziel, tested positive for the illness earlier this week, after losing her sense of smell, and Blanchet said then that he would be tested as a precaution.

Both men will now be unable to attend next week’s throne speech, with Blanchet required to isolate until at least Sept. 26 and O’Toole until at least Oct.1.

Ontario Public Health requires an individual to isolate for at least 14 days after the day of their test if they have no symptoms, and or for 14 days after symptoms start.

Quebec’s public health rules say a person who tests positive but doesn’t have serious symptoms must stay isolated for 10 days.

On Monday, O’Toole met with Quebec Premier Francois Legault and the two were photographed inside with masks off. Initially the premier said public health authorities who told him it was a “low-risk exposure” and to monitor for symptoms. Following O’Toole’s announcement Friday night, Legault says he plans to get tested and self-isolate as a precaution.

“No one is immune to contagion. Take care,” he tweeted.

Ontario’s Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton says he and his family have tested negative for COVID-19 after having dinner with O’Toole last week.

Late Friday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said he will get tested for COVID-19 because he met with O’Toole earlier this week.

Legault said on Twitter that he would get tested as a precaution and isolate himself at home, adding that no one is immune.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who met with Legault, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister on Friday, said Saturday he was feeling fine and had no immediate plans to self-isolate or get tested.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report