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CEO of Southlake hospital in Newmarket, Ont., tests positive for COVID-19

The exterior of the Southlake Regional Health Centre. Katherine Ward / Global News

The president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a hospital spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Spokesperson Kathryn Perrier said Arden Krystal is experiencing mild, “flu-like” COVID-19 symptoms and is self-isolating at home.

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“Contact-tracing has been completed and at this point, we cannot conclusively determine exactly where or when the transmission occurred,” Perrier wrote.

“Our CEO regularly spends time with our front-line teams and visits clinical units, including those with patients being treated for COVID-19.”

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Perrier said Krystal has been following “all public health guidelines” and hasn’t travelled or had close contact with anyone outside of her household. Perrier said Krystal has also been adhering to Southlake’s PPE protocols while at work.

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“This is a reminder that the virus can strike anyone and we are encouraging everyone to continue to follow public health guidelines as this gives you the greatest chance of staying virus-free.”

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