Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is in self-isolation Monday after a staff member in his office tested positive for COVID-19.
The mayor told Global News about his isolation during an end-of-year interview about Zoom from his home.
“I don’t have any symptoms, I feel very good. Just as a precaution, I was tested and we should get the results later today, ”Watson said Monday morning.
Watson canceled a Friday night event and self-isolating himself that afternoon when he was told that a staff member in his office was exposed to COVID-19.
He has been in isolation all weekend while his employee was examined to confirm a positive case.
Watson came out to get tested on Sunday and expects results Monday afternoon.
Ottawa has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks driven by the Delta variant, according to the city’s medical health officer, Dr. Vera Etches.
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But Ottawa Public Health also confirmed over the weekend that it detected evidence of community transmission of the worrisome variant Omicron in the city.
Watson’s press secretary said it is too early to say whether the case involving his office is related to Omicron.
OPH also warned of delays in test changes due to the increasing number of cases and the emergence of Omicron.
Watson announced Friday that he will not seek re-election as mayor of Ottawa in 2022.
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