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Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney tests positive for COVID-19

The councillor confirmed their diagnosis via their Twitter account.
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Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney, December 2018. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Catherine McKenney, councillor for Somerset, has confirmed that they tested positive for COVID-19.

McKenney made the announcement in a Twitter post on Thursday, March 25.

“After two years of mostly isolating, masking and vaccinating I’ve been hit with the virus,” they said. “It’s not over folks. Continue to stay safe as possible to protect yourself [and] the people around you.”

McKenney explained that they felt symptoms Thursday afternoon. 

When they took a rapid response test, it showed their positive status. 

According to an announcement from Dr. Brent Moloughney, Ottawa’s deputy medical officer of health, Ottawa is seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections.

Among the factors contributing to the rise include the lifting of public health measures, increased mobility, social gatherings and the return to school following March Break.

The trend is on par with recent projections from the Ontario Science Table which expects case numbers to rise heading into the spring.

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