One Ontario case of coronavirus resolved: chief medical officer

Henrietta Strickland
February 15, 2020

"Additional testing has been conducted by both the Public Health Ontario Laboratory and the National Microbiology Lab (Winnipeg)", said Dr. Williams.

The patient was in London, Ont., and had been the province's third and latest confirmed case of coronavirus.

The young woman has tested negative for the illness never before seen in humans in two separate sets of nose and throat swabs taken 24 hours apart, Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday.

The woman returned to Canada Jan. 23 after visiting the affected region in China. However, the woman developed symptoms the next day and was assessed at the London Health Sciences Centre. The woman recovered in a few days, officials said, and remained in self-isolation in her home. She was not admitted and was sent home to receive followup from local public health officials.

The novel strain of coronavirus, which emerged in China late past year, has killed more than 1,000 people. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, including moderate to severe respiratory illnesses, fever, cough and pneumonia.

Williams added that the risk of contracting COVID-19, which was named by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, still remains low in the province.

There are now two other cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario, a Toronto couple in their 50s.

"This means the individual is no longer infectious with the 2019 novel coronavirus", he said. Only one death has been recorded outside of China. "We're trying to make sure people are aware".

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