The BC Government has announced a new case of Coronoavrius, taking the number of people affected by the virus in the province to five.
“Today we are announcing a new case of COVID-19 in B.C. A female in her 30s is presumed positive, based on local testing. Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg for final confirmation.
She lives in the Interior Health region and recently returned from China.
Interior Health is actively investigating. Her close contacts have been identified and are being contacted. The patient is in isolation at home.
This brings the total number of cases in B.C. to five. One is presumed positive. Four, located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, have been confirmed positive by the NML and remain in isolation. Public health teams are providing ongoing care and support to all five individuals.
“The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. We continue to monitor the outbreak closely and will notify the public if the measures in B.C. change,” Dix said.
As of Feb. 14, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has tested almost 500 people for the virus. The testing numbers are posted each Friday on the BCCDC website.