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Some N.S. energy department officials working from home after possible COVID-19 contact

An Ontario man who attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto last week has tested positive for COVID-19

Officials with Nova Scotia's Department of Energy and Mines are working from home after potentially coming into contact with a person with COVID-19. 

The Public Service Commission says eight people from the Department of Energy and Mines attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference in Toronto last week. 

An Ontario man who was at the convention on March 2 and 3 has since tested positive for COVID-19, after admitting himself to hospital on March 7. 

Public health officials in Nova Scotia have been in touch with their Ontario counterparts.

"The advice to conference attendees is to closely monitor their health for 14 days," the Public Service Commission wrote in a statement to "The department and employees have chosen a work from home option to be extra cautious."

A spokesperson says the decision to work from home was made within the last few days, and only applies to the eight employees who attended the conference.

The conference was also attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan. 

O'Regan has since gone into self-isolation after displaying symptoms he describes as a "persistent head cold". He's awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Mark Hodgins

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Mark Hodgins is an Ontario-born Haligonian. A graduate of the Loyalist College journalism program, he’s been with NEWS 95.7 since 2016. Mark is a lover of sports, politics and video games.
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