Presumptive Coronavirus Case Reported in Alberta

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

Alberta Health has announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the province.

The announcement comes on the heels of British Columbia announcing 8 new cases with one apparent case of community spread of COVID-19.

Alberta’s first COVID-19 case is a woman in her fifties who lives in the Calgary zone. The case is travel-related, as the woman recently returned from travel on board a Grand Princess cruise ship in California. She is recovering in isolation at home with support from public health officials. The case was detected today (March 5).

Health officials are currently identifying close contacts of this individual. They will also be asked to self-isolate at home, away from the public, and will be closely monitored by public health officials.

Health officials are asking anyone who has returned from a Grand Princess Cruise to Alberta in the last two weeks to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since their visit.

Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services will continue to closely monitor the situation, conduct surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and provide public health and infection control guidance.

The risk is still considered low in Alberta.

Anyone in Alberta, who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Link 811 to see if followup testing is required. For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Current Scenario in Canada

Currently in Canada, the total positive COVID-19 stands at 47, with 21 cases in British Columbia, 1 in Alberta, 23 in Ontario and 2 in Quebec. Of these 47, 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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