New Brunswick's Presumptive COVID-19 Case Would Make It The 5th Province With The Virus
It would be the first in Atlantic Canada.
Another part of Canada might have gotten COVID-19. New Brunswick's coronavirus is still a presumptive case but would make it only the fifth province to get the virus if it ends up being confirmed. It is also the first instance of the virus in Atlantic Canada.
During the evening of March 11, New Brunswick's Department of Health announced the province's first potential case of COVID-19 at a press conference.
Testing was done at a laboratory in Moncton which identified the case as presumptive and more testing will be done at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg to confirm it.
If confirmed, New Brunswick would be just the fifth Canadian province to get the virus.
The patient, in this case, is a woman between 50 and 60 years old who is now in the southern part of the province.
Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, said that the person recently travelled to France and is now in self-isolation after being tested.
"Public Health officials will be immediately reaching out to all individuals who may have been in contact with this person, assessing their health, and instructing them to stay at home for 14 days after their last contact with this person," said Russell. "Any close contact who has symptoms will be tested."
No provinces in Atlantic Canada have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 yet so New Brunswick could be the first.
Before coming into the ER, the woman called and was given a time to go into a health-care centre where workers were prepared for her to come in.
After that, she was put into an isolation room and tested for COVID-19.
Russell said she had minimal symptoms when she arrived at the hospital on March 11.
Where the woman lives won't be specified for privacy reasons.
New Brunswick's Public Health officials will be in contact with the woman daily along with contacting those she might have seen or been with.
In French, Russell told reporters that the woman could be able to leave self-isolation once she doesn't show symptoms and has gotten two negative tests.
So far, there have only been confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.