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Alberta's First Presumptive COVID-19 Case Was Just Reported By Health Officials

They were on the Grand Princess cruise ship.

Albertan health officials just confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in their province. The patient is a 50-year-old woman living in Calgary. The province is currently taking steps to contain the new Alberta coronavirus case and we're expecting more information in the coming days.

Alberta's Chief Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed in a press conference Thursday, March 5 that the patient is currently self-isolated at home in Calgary.

Dr. Hinshaw says the woman is expected to make a full recovery. She is not ill enough to warrant a stay in a hospital.

The unnamed woman had recently returned from the quarantined Grand Princess cruise ship. She returned home on Friday, February 21 and got tested the following Friday on February 28.

Alberta is working to identify all close contacts of the woman, reaching out to them and asking them to self-isolate for at least 14 days if they are exhibiting symptoms.

When asked how many close contacts there may be, she said “Any kind of specifics really aren’t available at this time," in a press conference.

She also said that they are looking into the other Albertan passengers who had returned from the cruise although exact numbers are not known.

The presumptive case means that it was tested positive at the Provincial lab in Alberta.

However, since this is the province's first case, it's best practice to have it confirmed at the National Microbiology Lab in Ottawa.

Alberta had tested 173 cases as of Friday, February 28. Until now, they had no known cases or possible cases.

Dr. Hinshaw reassures that the risk for Albertans for contracting COVID-19 is still low.

She reminds Albertans to practice good hygiene, listing frequent hand washing as a great defence.

Canada has 37 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Before this case was confirmed, the province has experienced shortages of store supplies.

Dr. Hinshaw in her press conference reminded Albertans to self-isolate and stay home if they have symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

"The risk for Albertans are still low and we are ready," said Dr. Hinshaw.