Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says B.C. has its 5th presumptive case of the novel coronavirus.
The new patient is a woman in her 30s who lives in B.C.’s Interior. She recently travelled to China.
Henry says the woman returned from China through Shanghai this past week and had not been in an area with travel bans, such as Hubei province.
She flew through Vancouver and drove in a private vehicle back to the Interior. Henry says she began experiencing symptoms upon her arrival and immediately isolated herself at home.
Vancouver Coastal Health and Interior Health are conducting investigations into the small group of people with whom the patient has had contact.
Officials are still determining if people on the same flights as the patient need to be contacted, said Henry. She said the woman wore a mask while in transit.
Henry says the woman reached out to health officials in the Interior about her illness and was placed in isolation in hospital. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said a presumptive test for the novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19, came back positive Thursday afternoon.
The patient is in stable condition, and is now in isolation at home, said Henry. Those who are known to have come into contact with her are also in isolation at home.
‘Thankful and grateful’
“So once again we’re very thankful and grateful that the people who are coming back not just from Hubei province but all over China are taking the advice very seriously to self monitor and to connect with us and make sure that they can be tested, assessed and cared for safely,” Henry said.
The new case brings B.C.’s total to five confirmed cases of the virus, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).
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As of this week, the BCCDC has conducted more than 715 tests for coronavirus on about 500 people. Dix says B.C. has done the most testing of any jurisdiction in Canada.
1st case recovered
Henry says the person with the first confirmed case in the province has recovered.
“So that’s a good sign,” she said.
A test has confirmed they are free of illness. A second negative test will allow them to come out of isolation. “So we fully expect that to happen soon,”Henry said.
All of the people in B.C. who have contracted the virus are in stable condition, Henry said.
Anyone with concerns about their illness or who want to be assessed for coronavirus risk can call 811.
China’s National Health Commission has reported 5,090 new coronavirus cases on the mainland, for a total of 63,851. There have been 121 new deaths, bringing the death toll in mainland China to 1,380.
Chinese officials say 1,716 health-care workers have been infected, and six have died.
Public health officials say the risk is low in Canada.
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