Premier Doug Ford is self-isolating in Toronto after coming in "close contact" with a positive COVID-19 case, his office told Narcity in an emailed statement. 

A member of Ford's staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening, and the premier came into contact with this staff member on Monday. 

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"Immediately upon learning that this staff member was even at risk of exposure, the Premier left the legislature to be tested," the statement said.

"While his test results have returned negative, the Premier will follow all public health advice for close contacts of positive cases, including isolating."

Ford will lead Ontario's response to the pandemic from isolation, including continuing "briefings with officials and communicating with the public."