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Legault will not get tested for COVID after ‘second-degree contact’ with O’Toole’s staffer

Federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole, left, and Quebec Premier Francois Legault get set to start their meeting in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) – Quebec Premier Francois Legault says he has no intention of getting tested for COVID-19 after meeting federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole on Monday.

O’Toole and his family are in self-isolation this week after an aide tested positive for the virus.

Legault said in a tweet that after consulting with provincial health authorities, he won’t be seeking a COVID-19 test or self-isolating.

“Public health doesn’t recommend isolation or testing, only monitoring for the appearance of symptoms,” he wrote in French.

“Because Mr. O’Toole is asymptomatic, this counts as a second-degree contact and therefore a low risk for exposure, according to public health.”

O’Toole’s spokeswoman Kelsie Chiasson would not say where he and his family are in isolation or where they would get tests.

The Conservatives say the staffer who has the respiratory illness has been travelling with O’Toole.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet is also in self-isolation, awaiting the results of his own COVID-19 test after both his spouse and an aide tested positive for the illness.

Blanchet’s aide’s positive test, a few days after the Bloc caucus met in person in St-Hyacinthe, Que., prompted dozens of MPs and party workers to isolate themselves.

Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic but recovered.

with files from The Canadian Press.