A new coronavirus (2019-nCov) is causing respiratory infections mostly in Hubei Province, China.
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia:
“We are announcing a second presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus in B.C.
“The second person who tested positive is a woman in her 50s who resides in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Laboratory testing results returned positive from the BC Centre for Disease Control late Monday, Feb. 3, and samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg for confirmation. Vancouver Coastal Health is undertaking a detailed case investigation and will follow up with each of her close contacts. The individual had close contact with family visitors from Wuhan city and is in isolation at home.
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Update February 6th 2020
British Columbia has two more presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the province to four.
“Further investigation within that household has identified that two people, who are both visitors from Hubei province, were in contact with the individual who was the case that we announced on Tuesday. These two visitors are a man and a woman in their 30s,” Henry said.
The three individuals are now in isolation at a home in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.