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Okanagan MP confirms he doesn’t have COVID-19 after self-isolation

March 15, 2020 - 10:02 AM

An Okanagan Member of Parliament announced he doesn’t have COVID-19 after he decided to isolate himself in his Ottawa apartment.

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings said in a media release March 12, that he decided to take the advice of health officials after attending a conference, March 1.

“There were over 25,000 people at that conference, and I learned on March 11 that one of those attendees had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. I was tested that same day and will stay in self-isolation until I get the test results back and am cleared by health officials,” Cannings said in the release.

He said in a Facebook post on Sunday, March 15, that he doesn't have COVID-19 and is able to return home to the Okanagan on Monday.

Cannings is among a group of MPs and ministers that decided to isolate themselves after attending the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention. Cannings is the NDP critic for Natural Resources.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife are in self-isolation as Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for the virus.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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