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Politics Briefing: Ontario Premier isolating after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Politics Briefing: Ontario Premier isolating after staffer tests positive for COVID-19”

"Immediately upon learning that this staff member was even at risk of exposure, the premier left the legislature to be tested", the statement said.

Other members of the premier's staff who have been deemed close contacts of the individual who test positive will also be isolating.

"While his test results have returned negative, the premier will follow all public health advice for close contacts of positive cases, including isolating", she said.

Ford received his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on April 9.

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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The government has been increasingly under fire for not implementing its own paid sick day program, as many health officials say virus spread continues to be driven in congregate, workplace settings.

Premier Doug Ford is considering implementing paid sick leave for Ontario workers.

The federal program provides sick workers up to $500 per week but requires that they go without pay until their applications are approved.

Government House Leader Paul Calandra says the province hopes to address "gaps" in a federal benefit including eligibility, reducing wait times for receiving funds, the amount of funding available and time off to get vaccinated.



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