Finance Minister Siobhan Coady is negative for COVID-19.

Coady was tested for the virus Thursday after staying at a hotel in Deer Lake at around the same time as another person who later tested positive for the virus. That person is now isolating in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and testing is ongoing in the community. Coady had traveled to Deer Lake to assist Premier Andrew Furey’s campaign in the Humber-Gros Morne byelection.

Coady was given the all-clear Friday morning.

“I would suggest to everyone: let’s make sure we check ourselves. I know there’s very little COVID in Newfoundland and Labrador, but there is opportunity for cases.”

On Thursday, Coady described her experience learning the news of her potential exposure to the virus, which she learned of just after delivering the budget speech in the House of Assembly Wednesday.

“My biggest thing was I had just come back from reading the budget in the House. I saw the news release that said anybody who had stayed at the hotel — I’m pretty cautious. I follow protocols, I wear my mask, I wash my hands,” said Coady.

“I would suggest to everyone: let’s make sure we check ourselves. I know there’s very little COVID in Newfoundland and Labrador, but there is opportunity for cases.”

Coady offered some advice for anyone who may find themselves to have risk of exposure to the virus.

“Three things: First of all, if you’re really cautious of what you’re doing and making sure you’re washing your hands, making sure you’re keeping distance and wearing your mask, realize that’s the public health advice. That’s going to keep you safe,” she said.

“Secondly, try not to worry about things you don’t have control over. Thirdly, follow the advice of public health officials. The test is not that difficult, it’s very efficient and the people are very nice.”

Coady said none of her staff have had to isolate as a result of the potential exposure.

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