Grand Princess Cruise Passengers from Ontario Takes the Total Count of Novel Coronavirus Cases in the Province to 26


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

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed four new positive cases of COVID-19.

Earlier, today Ontario’s Ministry of Health spokeswoman announced a new case of novel coronavirus in the province and that a man in his 40s returned from Las Vegas, Nevada on February 28 and was seen by medical staff at Toronto Western Hospital also in Toronto.

The other two are a couple – married man and woman, both in their 60s, who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship out of San Francisco, California, which travelled to Mexico from February 11-21, 2020. They returned to Canada on February 28. They were assessed at Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital. They are well and currently recovering at home in self-isolation.

The fourth confirmed case is a male in his 50s, who returned from Iran on February 27. He was assessed at North York General Hospital’s emergency department in Toronto on March 3. He was also discharged to remain at home in self-isolation with minimal contact with others.

Dr. David Williams has reiterated that, at this time, the virus is not circulating locally.

Yesterday, British Columbia reported 8 new cases with one apparent case of community spread of COVID-19. Alberta also reported the province’s first case of COVID-19 on a woman who recently returned from travel on board a Grand Princess cruise ship in California.

Current Scenario in Canada

Currently in Canada, the total positive COVID-19 cases stand at 51, with 21 cases in British Columbia, 1 in Alberta, 26 in Ontario and 3 in Quebec. Of these 51, 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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