Tuesday, January 28, 2020

British Columbia confirms first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in province

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer issued a statement earlier today to confirm a positive test in British Columbia for the Novel Coronavirus.

The case is resulted to a British Columbian who was recently in the Wuhan, China area which is the epicentre for the now the growing world wide list of reports related outbreak of the virus.

“The person is a male in his forties and a resident in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. He travels regularly to China for work and was in Wuhan city on his most recent trip. He returned to Vancouver last week and had an onset of symptoms after his return.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, he followed public health messaging, contacted a primary health-care provider to notify them that he had travelled to Wuhan city, was experiencing symptoms and would be coming for assessment and care.

Following established protocols, the primary-care provider notified the Vancouver Coastal Health medical health officer and administered the diagnostic test. “Late last night, the test came back positive."

In their advisory, Minister Dix and the Health Officer observed that the man is isolation at home and that public health officials are in regular contact with him and his close contacts.

At this time the province has noted that there is no need for the general public to take any special precautions related to the virus.

“It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses during the winter period. Regular hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally.

Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.”

You can review the full statement from the Province here.

You can keep up with some of the international developments from  our political blog D'Arcy McGee which has been tracking some of the international stories related to the coronavirus.

In British Columbia, residents can find out more information on the virus as well as on any changes to the situation in this province from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Should there be any need for information for Northwest residents, those details will be relayed through Northern Health.

Northern Health website
Northern Health Facebook page

For more notes on Health in the region see our archive page here.

For up to date notes on the Canadian and British Columbia response to the virus see our archive page here.

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