Fifth person in B.C. presumptively confirmed for new coronavirus

  • Fifth person in B.C. presumptively confirmed for new coronavirus

Fifth person in B.C. presumptively confirmed for new coronavirus

Dr Henry said the woman had been in Shanghai before returning to BC via Vancouver International Airport. She recently travelled in the Shanghai area.

She then drove to her home in the Interior, but the specific city was not revealed. She is now in isolation at home and is doing well.

Henry said the woman was wearing a mask for the entire flight and that the risk was low, but that health officials are still working to contact everyone who sat within three rows of her, and would be speaking with them about what to do if they did show symptoms.

Henry said they were not going release details about the flight including which airline it was with and when the plane landed.

Henry also said the first person who was confirmed to have COVID-19 in the province is recovering and has had their first negative test come back.

(Original story: February 11 @ 12:15 pm): There are no new cases of coronavirus in British Columbia, the province's minister of health and provincial health officer have said. "In B.C., we have selected testing criteria with an intentionally low threshold to ensure a wide range of people are eligible for COVID-19 testing", the joint statement outlined, adding, the risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time.

The woman was tested for the disease, named COVID-19, on Tuesday and the results came back positive on Thursday.

"As of February 14, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has tested nearly 500 people for COVID-19".

The BCCDC said 264 individuals had been tested for the coronavirus in the province, as of February 6.

Worldwide, there have been over 40,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,000 deaths.

Henry says the woman is in isolation at home and in good condition.

"We are watching the evolution of the outbreak in China closely and will notify the public if the measures we need to take in BC change".

"We also extend our appreciation to members of the public, who have come together to help one another and support their neighbours and fellow community members".

"In this time of uncertainty, this is not only the right response, but the necessary one".

"Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811".