A fifth case of the novel coronavirus was just confirmed in Canada, and the patient is a woman in her 50s from British Columbia.
According to B.C.’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the woman had contact with family visiting from Wuhan, China and started to exhibit symptoms several days ago.
Henry said her test came back positive yesterday and the woman remains at home with her family while Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) investigates further and tests her other family members.
“The initial understanding that we have is that these people were well aware of what was going on, they left Wuhan before the travel restrictions were in place but they were also very conscious of the outbreak and were minimizing their contact with people outside the home,” she said in a press conference Tuesday.
“When we do public health contact tracing we tend to focus on the inner circle, the close contacts first, then we move on to anybody who may have had more peripheral [contact] and we do a risk assessment at each stage to look at what types of symptoms, how long did they spend [around other people].”
The woman’s case will still need to be confirmed by a second test at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.
Canada now has two confirmed cases of the virus in B.C. and three in Ontario. All five patients are said to be in stable condition and public health officials maintain that the risk to Canadians is low.