Seventh case of COVID-19 diagnosed in B.C.

Grant Boone
February 26, 2020

Henry said work was being done to identify anyone who may have come into contact with the man before he went into isolation last week.

One of her close contacts, a man in his 40s also living in the region, was identified as the province's seventh presumptive case on Monday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry did not say where the man lives, but he is within the Fraser Health Authority's jurisdiction.

The fifth case is a woman in her 30s who had recently returned from Shanghai and who remained in isolation at home in B.C.'s Interior.

Public messaging, however, will likely be enhanced and Henry said people undertaking worldwide travel should take precautions; they should also monitor themselves and call 811, a local heath care provider or public health information, if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. "Those who may be at risk are now in isolation for 14 days and are being actively monitored for symptoms daily".

"We are thinking about what is different if we move to having widespread transmission in countries around the world", she says.

"By delaying even a little bit we might be able to reduce the impact now, and making sure our health system has gone past influenza season is a very specific public-health objective", she said.

"Public Health people here in Quebec have been advised of the people travelling with that person".

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MTL Blog also inquired about the nature of the flight on which B.C.'s sixth case was a passenger.

Air Canada has confirmed that a passenger aboard one of its Vancouver-bound flights has since tested positive for novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

Cases of COVID-19 diagnosed at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control no longer require confirmation at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg because the province's testing has been validated, Henry said.

"Air Canada is working with public health authorities and has taken all recommended measures", a spokesperson said in an email Sunday.

There are nearly 78,000 cases of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world after it broke out in Wuhan, China, in December. The woman had been in China since late previous year, had travelled to Wuhan - the centre of the outbreak - before it was quarantined, then went elsewhere in the country before returning to Canada on February 21.

On Sunday, the World Health Organization said there were 28 confirmed cases and five deaths from the virus in Iran. The COVID-19 case was confirmed to have been contracted in Iran in late January.

The Montreal Airport Authority said it had not heard of the case until hearing about it in media reports.

Health officials are now tracking COVID-19, which has made its way to B.C. There have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in Canada.

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