5th case of COVID-19 recorded in B.C., health officials say

VANCOUVER — There is a new, presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in B.C. health officials announced Friday.

This marks the fifth case of COVID-19 in the province, however the most recent case still requires confirmation from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

The update came during one of the province’s regular, bi-weekly updates with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, minister of health. 

The new patient is a woman in her 30s, Henry said during a news conference. She is currently in isolation at home and is doing well.

While she did not indicate where the woman lives specifically, Henry said Interior Health is involved in monitoring her. The woman had flown from Shanghai to Vancouver, Henry said, adding that while the risk is very low for others who were on the flight, health officials are working to get a list of all passengers who were on the same plane. 

More than 715 samples have been tested in the province so far, Henry added. 

On Tuesday, Henry said officials have tested 371 samples for COVID-19, up about 50 samples from the last bi-weekly update. No new positive results had come back at that time. 

The four patients whose infections have all been confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, remain recovering at home in isolation.

Health authorities are also continuing to make daily check-ins with the people who came into close contact with the coronavirus patients prior to their diagnoses, and so far none of them have fallen ill.

Henry also said the first person who was confirmed to have COVID-19 in the province is recovering and has had their first negative test come back. Two negative tests are required, she said. 

The new name of the coronavirus was announced Tuesday by the World Health Organization, and is a combination of the words “coronavirus” and “disease,” while the 19 represents the fact that the virus was first discovered in late December 2019.  

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