2 More Novel Coronavirus Cases Reported in Alberta

Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH

Alberta Health has announced 2 more presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the province. Both cases are travel related.

The third presumed case of COVID-19 is a man from Edmonton area, who had recently been on a Grand Princess Cruise before returning to Alberta on Feb. 21.

The fourth presumed case is a woman in her 30s who is a close contact of someone from Alberta who had recently travelled in Europe, including visits to Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands. Alberta Public health is identifying and testing close contacts for preventive measures.

The second presumptive case of COVID-19 in the province was detected in a man in his forties who lives in the Edmonton area. He recently travelled to Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, before returning to Alberta on Feb 28. He is recovering in isolation at home.

The province’s first COVID-19 case in a woman who returned from travel onboard a Grand Princess cruise ship in California which led to the closure of ATB Financial Sage Hill and Creekside branches in Calgary.

The government of Canada is sending a plane to repatriate Canadians on board the Grand Princess off the west coast of the United States. The ship will dock at Port of Oakland on Monday. Two of Alberta’s cases are linked to previous Grand Princess Cruises.

Current Scenario in Canada

Currently in Canada, the total positive COVID-19 cases stand at 63, with 27 cases in British Columbia, 4 in Alberta, 29 in Ontario and 3 in Quebec. Of these 63, 8 cases, 4 each in B.C. and Ontario were fully resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

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