Burlington mayor tests positive for COVID-19 two days before election

Published October 22, 2022 at 12:48 pm

Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward says she’s currently self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

The mayor tested positive this morning, Oct. 22, according to a social media post.

“Fortunately symptoms have been mild so far. I’m following official guidance and protocols and self-isolating,” said Meed Ward.

“Please stay healthy everyone. I look forward to seeing you soon!”

In the final stretch of her campaign, her sickness isn’t expected to have much of an impact on her attempt to be re-elected as mayor of Burlington.

Meed Ward is running against mayoral candidates Jim Kerr, Anne Marsden, Steven Rieck and William Tuck.

Her campaign promises include providing more support for businesses as well as affordable housing if re-elected.

“We need to support our businesses, especially those that were hardest hit by the pandemic and we need to support our farmers,” she said. “It’s not enough to just save farmland, we need to make sure we save farming and get out of their way with unnecessary regulations.”

Nearly 19,000 eligible voters have already cast their vote in this year’s municipal election, either by voting online (14,980) or at an advance poll (4,018) earlier this month.

Burlington residents will head to the polls on Election Day on Monday, Oct. 24.

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