Two Ontario Premier candidates test positive for COVID-19

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Published May 19, 2022 at 7:39 am

Andrea and Mike

The leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party and  the leader of the Ontario Green Party Mike Schreiner have both tested positive for COVID-19.

Andrea Horwath says she tested positive on a rapid test this morning.


Horwath says in a statement that she will have to make some adjustments, but will “continue to connect with people however I can.”

She was scheduled to make an announcement in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., today, but is now campaigning remotely from a hotel in Ottawa while following public health advice.

Horwath will miss a campaign tour with scheduled stops in several cities in northern Ontario in the coming days as the province’s current public health rules require that people isolate for five days after COVID-19 symptoms first appear or after a positive test result, whichever comes first.

Her diagnosis comes at the halfway mark of the provincial election campaign and a day after Mike Schreiner, the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, tested positive for COVID-19.

Mike Schreiner says he tested positive on a rapid test Wednesday evening after close contact with a staff member.

Schreiner says in a statement that he is “feeling fine” and is fully vaccinated.

He says he will campaign remotely from home “for a few days” while following public health advice.

Ontario’s current public health rules require that people isolate for five days after COVID-19 symptoms first appear or after a positive test result, whichever comes first.

Schreiner’s diagnosis comes at the halfway mark of the provincial election campaign and days after his well-reviewed performance in a televised party leaders’ debate boosted attention on him and his party.

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