Senator Josée Forest-Niesing hospitalized in Sudbury, Ontario for COVID-19

Sudbury Senator Josée Forest-Niesing is hospitalized in northern Ontario for COVID-19.

Forest-Niesing, 56, is doubly vaccinated and has been admitted to Health Sciences North in the northern city, her office said.

No one in her family has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement, adding that it is not certain how she was exposed to the virus.

Government health officials reported 492 new cases in the province on Friday. The day before, Public Health Sudbury & Districts reported 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Forest-Niesing is a lawyer who was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018.

The senator “lucky” for the care she receives

Her office said she was “very grateful for all the messages of encouragement and support she received, as well as for the care she received in the hospital. She feels very lucky.”

The statement also states that Forest-Niesing has a good mind and fights disease.

Family members of the senator were not available for comment.

“All of their energies are focused on helping him through this ordeal,” his office said.

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