British Columbia may have its first case of community spread of COVID-19. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. The announcement comes after this morning’s confirmation of 13th case of Coronavirus in BC.
The 13th patient is a woman in her 80s, who returned from India and Hong Kong. She has other underlying medical conditions and is isolated in the intensive care unit at Vancouver General Hospital in critical condition.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that a woman who is one of the new eight cases, has had no travel history and has no apparent contact with other coronavirus patients. BC Health official are trying to find out how she became infected.
Among the newly announced eight new cases, one patient is from Seattle who is on a family visit and is located in Fraser Health Region.
Two of the new cases are a couple who returned from Iran and are in their 50s and 60s.
Four of the new cases are close contacts of the patient who was identified last week. These four were already under isolation.
Four B.C. patients have now fully recovered. The remaining previously announced individuals with COVID-19 are in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public health teams.
Currently in Canada, the total positive COVID-19 stands at 46, with 21 cases in British Columbia, 23 in Ontario and 2 in Quebec. Of these 46, 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.
Across the World:
Globally 95,333 cases were confirmed with 80,565 confirmed in China. 3015 people died as a result of COVID-19, as of March 5, 2020.