Ontario woman and her husband test positive for coronavirus

Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed three new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 11.

The patient is a man in his 80's who showed up at Scarborough General Hospital on February 27 after returning on February 20 from Egypt.

Her husband, 69, who did not travel to Iran, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

The man apparently went to a Toronto-area emergency room the day after arriving in the city, and has since been discharged and sent into self-isolation at home.

The other two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 - a wife and husband - went to Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering.

"We are working alongside Toronto Public Health, who is now and will continue to be in regular contact with this individual during their self-isolation period", explained Dr. Williams in a government press release. Of these, the first three cases are all resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart. She now remains in self-isolation. Ontario officials also confirm a sixth case of COVID-19 in the province. "Because of the protocols in place, there were no staff, patient or visitor exposures related to this case", he told staff.

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Durham Region Health Department contacted Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering and coordinated an arrival time for the patient.

In the first case announced on Saturday, the Regional Municipality of York said the woman travelled from Iran on Tuesday with a layover in Denmark.

Kurji said the woman had boarded GO bus #40 at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 at around 3:55 p.m. Wednesday after she arrived.

Health Minister Christine Elliott stressed the low risk to the public, but also said the province is prepared, if the situation escalates.

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The hospital received confirmation that the case was presumptive on Friday evening, he said.

  • Ismael Montgomery