New cases of COVID-19 are continuing to develop across the province, as health officials work to contain the coronavirus in Ontario. A Sudbury man who visited Toronto last week to attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention has tested positive for the virus. The conference, which hosts 26,000 people from 132 countries, was held from March 1 to 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
According to a Public Health press release, the man in his 50s checked himself into Health Sciences North on March 7, 2020. However, it is uncertain at this time whether he had shown symptoms while at the conference.
Public Health has confirmed that the man attended the Toronto conference on both March 2 and 3 before returning home to Sudbury. His method of travel has also yet to be disclosed.
The man now remains in self-isolation at his home.
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, noted that the man's lack of travel history was "concerning."
CP24 reported that Ontario premier Doug Ford was also in attendance at the event.
However, a spokesperson for the leader later confirmed to the news outlet that he was in "good health and has experienced none of the symptoms related to COVID-19."
"Having a confirmed case in our area is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus around the world," explained Sutcliffe in a press release.
"Although this is concerning, as a community and as a health system, we have been preparing for COVID-19. Our focus is on breaking the chain of transmission to limit the spread of infection, and as a precautionary measure, we are asking those who attended PDAC 2020 to monitor for symptoms for 14 days," she added.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre recently released a statement assuring that although the risk of the coronavirus remains low for Ontarians, they have increased a variety of preventative measures.
Some of these include increasing the disinfection of commonly used surfaces and placing extra hand sanitizing stations across the building.