Health officials announce new presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Quebec

By Canadian Press	
	 		Health officials announce new presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Quebec.				Mar 05 2020

By Canadian Press Health officials announce new presumptive case of novel coronavirus in Quebec. Mar 05 2020

She was identified through ongoing influenza testing.

A search is underway for those who were in close contact with the woman.

"For many people, they might have a very mild illness, they might not be at risk and this will go away, and we don't necessarily need to have them tested", Henry noted.

Henry said a serious case of the new disease was not unexpected: "As you know, this is what we have been preparing for".

"There's likely at least one other person out there who has had this disease, or has this disease and we need to find them and their contacts so we can stop any further transmission."

The new Ontario cases bring Canada's total to 29, with eight cases in British Columbia and one in Quebec.

As a result, provincial health officials are actively monitoring for COVID-19 cases in communities across Canada.

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A man in his 60s who returned from Iran on February 29 went to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's emergency department on March 3.

She was sent home in self-isolation.

The student with the presumptive case was visited by her father, who had positively tested for COVID-19 after travelling overseas, according to UCW.

Health officials in B.C. and Washington state are also working to determine the woman's contacts and movements, Henry said.

"This is not the first time we in B.C. have been through a pandemic", said Henry.

All of them "developed symptoms while in isolation" said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s top medical health officer.

Those who have trips planned should monitor the federal government's travel advisories, she said. Each is now being treated at home.

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University Canada West announced Thursday morning that it's closing its Pender Street campus until Monday as a precaution, and that staff will be performing a "full disinfection" of the building.

"This is a community case", Dr. Henry said.

The government is also looking at things like redeploying hospital beds and potentially creating separate wards and Intensive Care Unit beds to keep respiratory patients away from other patients.

By Thursday afternoon, 98,078 around the world have been confirmed, at some point, as having coronavirus (COVID-19).

Until now, individual priests could decide on their own whether to suggest an alternative to handshakes. Health officials said they're adding more sites and equipment to process an even greater volume of tests per day.

The COVID-19 committee is meant to complement the work being done by the government's incident response group, Trudeau said.

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