New Presumptive Case of Novel Coronavirus in British Columbia

VANCOUVER—B.C. health officials believe a woman in her 50s in the Vancouver area has contracted the new coronavirus.

The provincial health officer says the woman is in stable condition in isolation at home, where a small number of her family members visiting from Hubei province in China are also staying.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Feb. 4 it is a presumptive case of the virus until positive test results come back from samples sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, which she expects to happen.

Hubei, especially the city of Wuhan, is at the centre of the outbreak in China.

The patient was assessed in hospital after becoming ill a few days ago, said Henry, and the testing for the new coronavirus came back positive late on Feb. 3.

She said a small number of family members from China are also staying at the womans home.

If the case is confirmed, it would be the fifth case in Canada, with one other case in B.C. and three in Ontario.

“This case is not unexpected. It tells us that our system is working, that were finding people, that were assessing them safely in the hospital setting,” Henry told a news conference.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said health officials are taking all the necessary steps both to assist the woman and also to ensure that people she may have come in contact with are safe as well.

The womans family members left Wuhan before travel restrictions were put in place by the Chinese government, said Henry, and they have been minimizing contact with people outside the home.

Vancouver Coastal Health is following up with anyone the woman has been in close contact with before reaching out to anyone who may have had more peripheral contact, Henry said.

In a joint statement, Dix and Henry said the risk of the virus spreading within B.C. remains low.

The transmission of the new coronavirus depends on proximity to someone who is infected, said Henry.

“Its very different if youre living in a household with somebody versus walking your dog down the street every now and then,” she said.

A charter plane for Canadians in China is expected to leave on Feb. 6. As of Feb. 4, the federal government said 308 Canadians have asked for help to leave the country, but the plane only has room for about 250 passengers.

Henry said its estimated that about one third Read More – Source