Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Tuesday morning that he tested negative for COVID-19 after coming in contact with a confirmed case in his office, but has yet to return to town hall meetings.
Watson went into self-isolation at his home on Friday after a member of his office staff tested positive for the virus. He said he was not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The mayor was examined on Sunday and told Global News that he expected results on Monday.
He tweeted Tuesday morning that the test came back negative, but he will continue to work from home for another five days and monitor for symptoms. After that point, another test will be done and your self-isolation will end if it turns negative again.
The mayor’s press secretary said Monday that it is too early to say whether the initial case in his office is related to the troubling variant of Omicron, which Ottawa Public Health said Monday night is rapidly spreading through the city and it affects your contact tracing capabilities.
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