Ontario confirms second case of coronavirus in woman with Iran travel history

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Muskoka Post Staff

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed a new positive case of COVID-19 in Toronto.

The sample is awaiting confirmation and it has been sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

On Feb. 24 a woman in her 60s presented herself at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's emergency department with a travel history to Iran. As per established infection prevention and control protocols, the patient was cared for at the hospital using all appropriate precautions, including being isolated as she was tested for COVID-19. The woman was discharged home the same day and, per protocols, went into self-isolation where she remains.

Toronto Public Health is actively engaging in contact tracing and case management, including following up with the individual and her close contacts.

This is Ontario’s second case of coronavirus within the span of 3 days. On Feb 23. the province released information notifying the public that on February 21, an adult woman arrived to Canada from China and presented at North York General Hospital's emergency department at the advice of Telehealth Ontario with an intermittent cough that was improving.

A press conference which is said to provide further updates on the virus is schedule today at Queens Park at 12:30 p.m. Story developing.

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