Ottawa

Health Canada worker tests positive for COVID-19

A Health Canada employee who works at Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-isolation.

Other workers at Tunney's Pasture office have been contacted by public health

The Jeanne Mance Building at Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa in October 2019. Health Canada hasn't said which building the infected employee works at, but colleagues have been notified and the office has been cleaned. (CBC)

A Health Canada employee who works at Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-isolation.

A Health Canada spokesperson said Wednesday certain colleagues have been contacted by public health officials and asked to stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to leave.

An area of an unspecified building in the large federal government complex has been cleaned. It includes common work spaces shared with Statistics Canada.

As of Wednesday noon Ottawa had 14 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness, which comes with cold- and flu-like symptoms. There's no treatment and no vaccine.

It's not known whether the Health Canada employee has been included in that number.

Federal government departments have been told to let staff work from home whenever possible.

 

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