Alberta's Municipal Affairs Minister has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tracy Allard was in Cochrane last Thursday, taking part in the grand opening ceremony for the new Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge.
She tested positive yesterday and is reportedly isolating at home with mild symptoms.
Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie is also isolating, and the Cochrane Mayor along with a number of other Town of Cochrane staff and leaders who may have been in contact with Allard, are now also choosing to self-isolate.
Mayor Jeff Genung says they are choosing to do this to make sure they're as proactive as possible.
"We have not been contacted by AHS, which is their protocol. They would reach out to people that they feel have been in close contact, so we just kind of determined that on our own as a community that we would just be proactive and over-cautious."
"So we're just being over-cautious. Isolating as a precaution and getting tested."
Genung says he is going in for his COVID-19 test today.
He wishes Allard all the best as she recovers from the virus.
Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Peter Guthrie says that although he isn't showing any COVID symptoms at present, he is taking the necessary precautions and will also be getting tested later today.
"I spent the entire day with the minister there on the 15th," says Guthrie. "We were in Airdrie for several meetings, for lunch, the announcement and then out in Cochrane, so yeah naturally I have to isolate and I have a test set up for 2:30 this afternoon."
Premier Jason Kenney is also in isolation after hearing of Minister Allard's positive test. He is being tested and is not showing any symptoms at this time.