Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph | January 2020
The novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that appeared first in Wuhan, China and has since spread to other Chinese cities and to different countries around the world. It is being referred to as 2019-nCoV and belongs to the coronavirus family, which cause a wide range of illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory illnesses.
Cases in Ontario
On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto admitted a patient brought in by paramedics who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms. The patient had recent travel history to Wuhan, China, so the patient was immediately put under isolation. The case has been confirmed as positive by the National Microbiology Laboratory. On January 27, 2020, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed that the spouse of the province’s first case of Wuhan novel coronavirus has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s Public Health laboratory and has also been confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory. Since arriving in Toronto with her husband, this individual has been in self-isolation. More information on the status of cases in Ontario can be found at: ontario.ca/coronavirus
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