Governor General Mary Simon delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The Governor General has tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – The Governor General of Canada has tested positive for COVID-19.

Governor General Mary Simon said in a statement on Twitter that she tested positive Wednesday morning and was experiencing mild symptoms.

Simon says she will continue to self-isolate and take some time to rest in the coming days.

His diagnosis follows that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who recently returned to Parliament after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 31.

Simon, 74, is Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General and was sworn in to the position last July.

She says in her statement that she and her husband, Whit Fraser, are seeing firsthand that the pandemic is not over yet, but tremendous progress is being made.

“We are both grateful to everyone who is making a difference in our fight against this virus,” she said.

“From healthcare workers to those supporting their loved ones back home, thank you for all you do.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 9, 2022.