BC's First Case Of Coronavirus Has Been Released From Isolation
The man has tested negative for symptoms.
On Wednesday, February 19, B.C.,'s Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry announced a coronavirus update, explaining that the first person in B.C. to contract the novel coronavirus has "fully recovered" and has been released from isolation. This patient tested positive for the virus over two weeks ago, after which four other cases were confirmed by the B.C. Ministry of Health.
This first case, who is a man in his 50s, tested negative for two tests taken 24 hours apart, said Global News. This confirmed that he no longer had the virus and thus was given the go-ahead to come out of isolation.
In their official press release, Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, The Minister Of Health, explained that the other four remaining cases are "recovering in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public-health teams."
Richmond News also reported that the second, third, and fourth cases in B.C. are no longer showing symptoms of the new coronavirus. They should be able to come out of isolation in the next few days.
The doing well" in isolation at her home in B.C.'s Interior., however, still has symptoms but is said to be "
This woman tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, February 15, despite not having been to Wuhan, China.
She had landed in Vancouver Airport from Shanghai when symptoms were beginning to appear.
Dix and Henry stated that they are monitoring everyone who was on that flight, yet they have been reluctant to share information about the name of the airline or the flight number, as they don't want to "alarm people," according to Richmond News.
The National Post reports that this fifth patient was "wearing a mask while travelling" and health officials are continuing to keep an eye on those who have had close contact with her.
They also reveal that over 500 people have been tested in B.C. for the virus.
The joint statement from Henry and Dix assured everyone that the risk of the coronavirus spreading in the province "remains low at this time."
The threat of this outbreak has led many incoming travellers from China to go intoacross Canada. Local communities have lent their support to these self-isolated individuals.
Concerns have also caused, leading Vancouver's mayor to assure everyone that Chinese food is safe.