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

Canada’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement said she tested positive for COVID-19.

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

“I am following public health guidelines, self-isolating and continuing to work from home,” she wrote.

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

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

A Hamilton councillor, MPs and fellow cabinet member Seamus O’Regan – who himself tested positive in late December – were among those who wished him a speedy recovery on social media.

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

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

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

The Prime Minister told a virtual press conference on December 22 that he was taking every precaution, including several rapid tests, which all came back negative.

Tassi’s statement comes as highly transmissible variant of Omicron causes rise in cases across the country