Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement posted online earlier this afternoon, Joly said a rapid test revealed that she has contracted COVID-19.
“I have taken a rapid test and tested positive for #COVID19. Following public health guidelines, I am in isolation and will continue my work virtually, as I have been for a number of days, until I get the results of my PCR test,” she tweeted.
Joly further added “I’m grateful for the protection that vaccines offer us and encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted. It’s the best thing we can do to keep our families safe this holiday season and all year long.”
She also added “While it is important to get tested for COVID, remember that testing alone doesn’t protect you from contracting and spreading the virus. Please continue to be cautious, limit your contacts and respect public health guidelines. We will get through this together.”
This comes as some provinces are seeing steep rises in the number of COVID-19 cases, causing concerns among health officials.
Expressing concerns regarding the steep rises in case, Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said the epidemic has accelerated quickly in many locations.
With Omicron cases rising in certain provinces, Dr. Tam, said it’s increasingly clear we need to boost protection from COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Tam also added that evidence shows both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA booster doses are effective.