Ontario confirms new presumptive case of coronavirus in Toronto

The patient was cared for at North York General Hospital and was isolated while being tested for COVID-19.

One woman has tested positive for the new coronavirus in Toronto, the province’s chief medical officer confirmed Sunday evening in a press release.

The woman was cared for at North York General Hospital for an “intermittent cough that was improving” and was isolated while being tested for COVID-19, the statement read. Being mildly ill, she was the ndischarged and sent home and, per protocols, went into self-isolation.

On Feb. 21, the woman arrived on a flight in Toronto from China and wore a mask throughout her travels back to the city and, since landing, had very little exposure to others, according to the release.

According to Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, there is a low chance that she was infectious. Still, the province is working with local public health units to ensure that passengers seated next to the woman on the plane are contacted and looked after.

The Public Health Ontario Laboratory confirmed Sunday that the laboratory testing for COVID-19 is presumptive positive, with the sample now being sent over to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for confirmation.

“Because of all the proper protocols and procedures that are in place to contain this virus and exposure to others was limited, I want to assure the public that the risk to Ontarians remains low,” said David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer. “Protecting the health and well-being of individuals and families across the province remains our top priority and we continue to vigilantly monitor for and contain any and all new cases.”

This is the city’s third case and province’s fourth. Ontario’s first three cases were resolved as each patient has now tested negative for the virus.

Mayor John Tory commented on the new confirmed case in a statement Sunday evening.

“Our health officials are clear that the risk to residents continues to remain low,” he said.

Tory said Toronto Public Health is continuing to work closely with provincial and federal health colleagues to monitor the situation and respond as appropriate.

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Osobe Waberi

Osobe Waberi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @OsobeWaberi

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