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Ontario woman charged for violating quarantine rules, returning to work at care home

BY , Oct 15, 2020 9:35 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Thursday, May 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa police say they have charged a woman with violating the Quarantine Act after she went to work four days after returning from a trip outside Canada.

They say she came back to Canada on Sept. 26 and went to her job at a long-term care facility on Sept. 30 rather than self-isolating for the legally required 14 days.

Her bosses sent her home upon learning of the situation and no cases of COVID-19 there have been traced to her, according to a police statement.

The 53 year old is charged with two counts under the Quarantine Act: one of violating the self-isolation requirement and a separate one of causing a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm by knowingly breaking quarantine.

The second charge carries a maximum potential penalty of a $1 million fine and three years in prison.

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