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Federal Public Services Minister Filomena Tassi tests positive for COVID-19

Filomena Tassi confirmed she has the virus in a tweet shared Wednesday evening. The federal minister said she is following public health guidelines and working from home.

MP for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas thanks health-care workers in tweet

Filomena Tassi, Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement, speaks during a press conference in 2019. Tassi said in a tweet Wednesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press )

Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement says she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Filomena Tassi confirmed she has the virus is a tweet shared Wednesday evening.

"I am following public health guidelines, isolating and continuing to work from home," she wrote.

The MP for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas also thanked health-care workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

Tassi's post on social media did not provide any details on where she contracted the virus.

A Hamilton city councillor, MP's and a fellow cabinet member, Seamus O'Regan — who tested positive himself in late December — were among those who wished her a quick recovery on social media.

Several federal politicians have tested positive for the virus in recent months or have isolated after being exposed to the virus by infected staff members.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly previously announced she had tested positive for COVID-19 and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland worked from home after two of her staff members tested positive.

Three members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's staff and three people on his security team also tested positive for COVID-19.

The prime minister said during a virtual media conference on Dec. 22 that he was taking all precautions, including multiple rapid tests, which had all come back negative.

Tassi's statement comes as the highly-transmissible Omicron variant causes a spike in case counts across the country

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