A Canadian Cruise Passenger In Trenton Is Their First Positive COVID-19 Case In Quarantine
The person didn't show symptoms before boarding the evacuation plane.
One Canadian evacuee is now even more isolated at a military base in Ontario. The coronavirus Trenton quarantine has its first positive COVID-19 test from a passenger who was on the Grand Princess cruise ship. That person didn't show symptoms before boarding the evacuation plane.
Of the 228 Canadians that were flown from California to CFB Trenton by the federal government, one has now tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of the other quarantines at the base and in Cornwall, this is the first time there has been a positive case of someone in the isolated groups.
During a press conference in Trenton, Karen Walton, a manager at the Public Health Agency of Canada, told reporters that the person tested positive after they landed in Canada and their symptoms are mild.
Only people who didn't show symptoms were allowed to board the chartered plane.
"Due to the high concentration of cases, we knew there was increased possibility that a traveller would test positive," Walton said. "We have been preparing for a possible case."
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Theresa Tam, also confirmed the new case on Twitter.
"The individual is in isolation at the facility, and regular follow-ups and assessments are being conducted," she said.
To be allowed on the flight evacuating Canadians from the Grand Princess, people had to pass a screening process first.
Anyone who showed symptoms of COVID-19 wasn't allowed to get on the plane.
The repatriated passengers arrived in Trenton on March 10 and the infected person exhibited mild symptoms of the virus.
After testing, it was confirmed they have COVID-19.
The infected person won't come into contact with the public, and Lt. Col. Philip Marcus, acting wing commander of 8 Wing Trenton, said they're being held "in an isolated area within the quarantine zone."
"We on the base have absolute confidence in our public health partners, both at the federal and local levels," he said.
Some Canadians were left behind in California, including crew members and people who needed medical treatment for unrelated reasons.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has recommended that Canadiansbecause of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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