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Sudbury senator Josée Forest-Niesing hospitalized with COVID-19

Senator was recently admitted to Health Sciences North
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Josée Forest-Neising is an independent Canadian senator representing Ontario. She lives in Sudbury.

Sudbury senator Josée Forest-Niesing has been hospitalized for COVID-19, Sudbury.com has learned.

Louise Mercier, director of parliamentary affairs for Forest-Niesing, confirmed the senator has been admitted to Health Sciences North for COVID-19. 

“I spoke to her this morning,” Mercier said. “She thanks everyone for their support … (and) she is getting really good treatment (in Sudbury).”

Asked about the senator’s current status and when she was admitted, Mercier declined to answer, saying the Forest-Niesing has asked for privacy when it comes to the particulars of her condition. 

The senator has been able to speak with both her staff and her husband, Robert Niesing of Niesing Construction, Mercier said.

“All our energy is focussed on helping her get through this,” she said.

A lawyer by profession specializing in estate and real property law, insurance, civil, education and employment law, Forest-Niesing was appointed to the Senate in October, 2018.