Ottawa imam tests positive for COVID-19 — twice – CBC

‘Distraught’ over infecting his family, Majed Jarrar has had to scale back his community activities

Apr 28, 2021

Being an imam involves a lot of chaplaincy. We visit the sick. We help with the burial of the deceased. We visit prisons. We do counselling.

When COVID hit, imams were keeping all the social distancing rules. We wore [personal protective equipment] and were super protective. We limited our numbers.

But over this past year, I tested positive for COVID-19. Twice.

The first time came in late October, after we were preparing for Friday prayer at the Ottawa Mosque, around the time of the second wave. I was wearing a face shield, mask and gloves, but I got a fever and chills and started coughing. I isolated immediately and did what [Ottawa] Public Health asked.

I couldn’t even walk into the building to get tested. I had to be pushed in a wheelchair.

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