Braid: Minister is infected and Kenney goes into isolation on worst day of COVID-19

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It didn’t look like a particularly risky encounter, despite the lack of masks. In fact, Allard usually stood quite far from the others, behind them and to their left.

But anyone who was close isolates themselves, including Transport Minister Ric McIver, who also spoke.

Others, isolated, are local MP Angela Pitt as well as MPs Peter Guthrie and Nathan Neudorf.

Allard had contact with a person who tested positive. On Monday, while awaiting test results, she virtually participated in an announcement. The legislative session opened on Tuesday but did not enter the building.

When her positive result arrived on Wednesday, “our office was notified immediately,” said Kenney’s director of communications Katy Merrifield.

Late Wednesday, Kenney posted on Facebook that he had been tested in the afternoon and the result came back negative in the evening. He will continue to self-isolate until October 29, according to protocols.

On social media, some people immediately wondered how he could get a result so quickly. The answer is that there are “fast-track” tests for senior leaders. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw received accelerated results, both negative.

Asked about Kenney’s usual precautions, Merrifield said, “He wears a mask as directed by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and follows mandatory mask measures imposed by the municipalities of Edmonton and Calgary.

Like most political figures, the Prime Minister speaks publicly without a mask. He and NDP Leader Rachel Notley argued – and shouted – across the aisle for two days this week, both without masks.

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