MPP Jim McDonnell tests positive for COVID-19

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In a statement on his website on April 30, MPP Jim McDonnell for Stormont Dundas and Glengarry announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. In an open letter, he said he thought he had a common cold and made an appointment to get tested for COVID-19.

“ I am unsure of where I may have contracted the virus. My symptoms are very mild, and I can attribute this to the recent vaccination I had received recently, but under the two-week timeframe required to develop its maximum protection. Public health has followed up with me to provide guidance and for contact tracing. I am currently following the necessary protocols and quarantine requirements. I share my experience as a caution to the more contagious variants and to the need to follow public health guidelines.”

The constituency office will continue to operate but is closed to walk-in service.

MPP McDonnell said that, “of the 34 health units in Ontario, our unit is one of only 14 that has reduced the per capita weekly cases since April 12. I want to thank everyone for their increased vigilance. As we welcome warmer temperatures, local vaccine efforts are ramping up to administer the anticipated increased deliveries in May. Locally, Dr. Paul and his team will have administered close to 60,000 doses by the weekend, surpassing the provincial average. He also reported that there are 57 local pharmacies approved to participate in the local program, but they can only be added when more supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine are available.”

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