Premier Moe self-isolating after possible exposure to positive COVID-19 case

The premier’s office has announced Premier Scott Moe is in self-isolation after he was potentially exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from his office showed the potential exposure happened on Sunday, November 15 in the Prince Albert area. Jim Billington, executive director of communications for the premier’s office, added that the potential exposure in question at Original Joe’s in Prince Albert where the premier had lunch with family members following a death in the family.

“Premier Moe will remain in self-isolation until Sunday, November 29, 14 days following the potential exposure in accordance with public health guidance,” explained the statement.

“Premier Moe is not experiencing any symptoms but received a COVID-19 test [Monday] out of an abundance of caution. While self-isolating, Premier Moe will continue his responsibilities remotely from his home in Shellbrook.”

Any other contacts are advised to self-monitor including staff, cabinet or participants of the media event on Tuesday, November 17 at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.

“While contacts in the premier’s office have been reduced, any contacts will be self-monitoring.”

Billington’s note continues by saying the legislative session and throne speech will continue “unimpeded” as the only impact will be the swearing-in of MLAs on Wednesday, November 25. Deputy Premier Donna Harpauer will take the premier’s place, while Premier Moe will be sworn-in as MLA for Rosthern-Shellbrook at a later date before the speech from the throne.

This isn’t Moe’s first time he has been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. Back on the campaign trail on October 3, Moe self-monitored for symptoms for 14 days after a COVID-19 exposure had been announced at a store in Prince Albert.

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