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Okanagan MP self-isolating due to COVID-19 concern

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March 12, 2020 - 3:18 PM

An Okanagan Member of Parliament has decided to self-isolate himself in his Ottawa apartment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings said today, March 12, in a media release he is taking the advice of health officials.

“I’ve taken these precautions out of an abundance of caution after attending a large mining convention in Toronto on 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.

Cannings is among a group of MPs and ministers that are taking the precaution of self-isolation after attending the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention. Cannings is the NDP critic for Natural Resources.

Parliamentarians are still grappling with how to protect themselves and their staff after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife isolated themselves over concerns about the novel coronavirus.

MPs on the all-party board of internal economy that governs the House of Commons' operations discussed potential measures with public health officials at a meeting today.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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