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    First 'presumptive' Canadian case of coronavirus confirmed in Toronto, officials say
    Katherine DeClerq
    Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto
    Published Saturday, January 25, 2020 5:40PM EST

    TORONTO -- The first “presumptive positive” Canadian case of the coronavirus, which has led to the death of at least 41 people in China, has been confirmed in Toronto, Ontario health authorities say.

    Ontario’s Chief Medical of Health made the announcement alongside Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and Ontario’s Minister of Health on Saturday evening...



    ...The patient — a man in his 50s who travelled to China and became ill within a day, is being treated in at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital and samples have been sent to a Winnipeg lab for confirmation.

    However, officials maintain the risk of the remains low for Ontarians...

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    Canada confirms 'presumptive' 1st case of deadly coronavirus in Toronto

    Public health officials announce first diagnosed case at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital
    CBC News ? Posted: Jan 25, 2020 5:18 PM ET | Last Updated: 3 minutes ago

    Ontario chief medical officer holds news conference LIVE

    Canada has confirmed its first "presumptive" case of the deadly coronavirus in Toronto as the number of infections worldwide surpasses 1,400 cases.
    Canada confirmed its first "presumptive" case of coronavirus in Toronto on Saturday as the number of infections worldwide surpassed 1,900 cases.
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    • #3
      Patient admitted with novel coronavirus
      January 25, 2020

      Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is caring for a patient who has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

      On Thursday evening (January 23) an adult male presented to the Sunnybrook Emergency Department with fever and respiratory symptoms. The patient was screened and in addition to his symptoms, had confirmed recent travel history to Wuhan, China.

      Sunnybrook’s Emergency Department team, isolated the patient immediately and took the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients. Diagnostic testing was conducted and specimens were sent to the Public Health Lab in Ontario to confirm the diagnosis. Today, the diagnosis of novel coronavirus was confirmed.

      “I want to thank our front-line teams and the great efforts of those in Public Health, for acting so quickly and efficiently to ensure the patient received an accurate diagnosis and is being cared for safely and effectively,” said Dr. Andy Smith, President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “We are fortunate our teams have been preparing for this type of situation and they performed perfectly.”

      Right now, the patient is in stable condition and has been admitted to an isolation room. He will undergo treatment to manage his symptoms and a number of teams in the hospital will be caring for him over the next few days.

      “There has been a tremendous amount of learning since the 2003 SARS crisis, which has helped prepare us for a situation like this,” said Dr. Jerome Leis, Sunnybrook’s Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control. “We followed our usual practice of systematic screening which allowed is to rapidly identify this patient, send appropriate testing, and institute the necessary precautions. I feel confident in our ability to respond appropriately and limit the spread of infection.”

      Sunnybrook remains open and clinics and procedures will continue to operate as per normal. The hospital is safe for patients and visitors.

      For more information:
      Sunnybrook Communications
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      • #4
        Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

        Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received notification of Toronto’s first presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a resident who recently returned from Wuhan/China. The individual is stable and is hospitalized. More information is available in the news release.

        Last updated on January 25, 2020. Follow Toronto Public Health on Twitter to receive notification of updates.

        Current situation

        On December 31, 2019, cases of undiagnosed viral pneumonia were first reported by health authorities in Wuhan, China. The cause has now been confirmed as a new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, which has not previously been identified in humans.

        Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate in animals including humans and may cause illness in them. Human coronaviruses are common and can range from mild illnesses such as the common cold, to severe illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV).

        Risk to Toronto residents

        As of January 25, 2020, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received notification of Toronto’s first presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a resident who recently returned from Wuhan/China. The individual is stable and is hospitalized. The risk to Toronto residents remains low. Toronto Public Health continues to actively monitor the situation in collaboration with provincial and national health agencies, and stakeholders that include local hospitals, airports and community agencies.

        Diagnosis and testing

        Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a healthcare provider based on symptoms and laboratory tests. Travel history is also important. There is a specific test for 2019-nCoV to confirm the infection if it is suspected.

        Recommendations to Toronto residents

        There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Prevention measures include:
        • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
        • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
        • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
        • Stay home when you are ill.
        • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
        • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
        • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
        Symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection

        A novel coronavirus causing pneumonia has been detected in Wuhan, China. Symptoms have included:
        • fever
        • cough
        • difficulty breathing

        If you have traveled to Wuhan, China and develop symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection, avoid contact with others and follow-up with your health care professional.

        Tell your health care professional:
        • your symptoms
        • where you have been travelling or living
        • if you have had direct contact with animals (for example: visited a live animal market)
        • if you have had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
        Please consider the following if you think you were in contact with novel coronavirus:

        Residents who have returned from recent international travel and become ill with respiratory signs and symptoms such as a cough and fever are reminded to report their travel history to any health professional, or any emergency room, when they visit.

        Further information:
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela


        • #5
          What does a presumptive confirmed or presumptive positive case mean?

          The presumptive positive result comes from a local “rapid” test that gives health authorities a head-start on their work, according to Dr. Peter Donnelly from Public Health Ontario.

          Public Health Ontario developed a “specific accurate and rapid test” for the novel coronavirus, he said. The National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg also has a test, albeit slightly different.

          The laboratories collaborate with each other, he explained.

          “What we’ve agreed is that because we know our test is rapid and reliable, we can actually make a positive result from one of our tests actionable,” he said.

          “So in other words, we don’t wait.”

          The presumptive positive result becomes a confirmed case once the Winnipeg laboratory provides its result.

          Public health officials say the risk of an outbreak remains low and that the health care system is working as planned.
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          • #6

            What do we know so far about this case?

            A man in his 50s travelled from Wuhan to Guangzhou, China before arriving in Toronto on Jan. 22. Public health officials say he became ill within a day and self-reported by having a family member call 911.

            “The emergency service was aware of his travel history. They used full precautions,” said Dr. Barbare Yaffe of Toronto Public Health at a Saturday press conference.

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            The man was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with fever and respiratory symptoms, and is currently in stable condition in a negative-pressure room, with staff taking precautions.

            A test from the Public Health Ontario Laboratory confirmed the diagnosis. Toronto Public Health has been speaking with the man to determine exactly who he’s had contact with.

            READ MORE: Canada’s 1st ‘presumptive’ case of new coronavirus discovered in Toronto

            “The last word I heard was there was very little by way of contact,” says Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health.

            She added that their understanding is that the man took “private transportation” home, not mass transportation.

            “But we are absolutely making sure that we get the history of all the places the individual has been. That’s part of regular public health practice, in order that we can then determine who needs to be informed and what sorts of measures they need to take,” she said.
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            • #7
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              • #8

                Man believed to have coronavirus in Toronto showed symptoms on flight
                Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
                Published Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:13AM EST
                Last Updated Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:31AM EST

                OTTAWA -- The first Canadian patient diagnosed with a novel form of coronavirus began showing signs of illness on the plane that brought him back from the disease's epicentre., Canada's Chief Public Health officer said Sunday as she stressed the risk of future infection is low.

                Dr. Theresa Tam said the man in his 50's, currently in stable condition in a Toronto hospital, showed mild symptoms on the flight that brought him back to the country from China earlier this week.

                Tam said authorities are now working to help track some of his fellow passengers, but said the case demonstrates that the country's public health protocols are working...

                ...Tam said the Ontario patient did not report his flu-like symptoms upon first landing in Toronto, but did share his recent stay in Wuhan with first responders when he sought medical help the next day. The man remains in hospital, where Ontario health authorities said he's being held in a negative-pressure room used to contain airborne illnesses...


                • #9

                  First coronavirus patient had symptoms on flight from China: Canada
                  Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto
                  27 Jan 2020 01:12AM

                  ...The province of Ontario health officials on Saturday said a man in his 50s developed a respiratory illness after arriving in Toronto on Jan 22 from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak of the viral disease, and was being treated in a public hospital and in isolation.

                  Theresa Tam, Canada's chief health officer, told reporters in Ottawa that the patient had mild symptoms while on the flight, though he did not report his condition after landing at the Toronto airport.

                  The individual arrived via China Southern Airlines flight CZ311 from Guangzhou to Toronto. Tam said health officials are in the early process of contacting other travellers on that flight.

                  But Tam said other people on the flight or airport that were not close to the patient should not be overly concerned...


                  • #10
                    Ontario health officials announce 2nd ‘presumptive’ case of coronavirus
                    By Ryan Rocca Global News
                    Posted January 27, 2020 7:19 am

                    Ontario health officials have announced that a second “presumptive” case of the new coronavirus has been reported in the province.

                    The patient is the wife of the man who was infected with the province’s first presumptive case, which was announced on Saturday, officials said...

                    ...Officials are expected to speak about the cases from Queen’s Park at 11:30 a.m. Monday.


                    • #11

                      19 people under observation for possible coronavirus infection; two confirmed
                      Chris Herhalt,
                      Published Monday, January 27, 2020 7:09AM EST
                      Last Updated Monday, January 27, 2020 1:34PM EST

                      Canadian medical officials have confirmed a second case of coronavirus in Toronto and are closely watching an additional 19 people who have respiratory symptoms and travelled to the Hubei region of China, while laboratories scrutinize their test results.

                      Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the second patient is the wife of the first Canadian patient, who federal officials said departed Wuhan, China and boarded China Southern Airlines Flight CZ311, which landed at Pearson from Guangzhou, China on Jan. 22...

                      ... He remains at Sunnybrook Hospital in stable condition.

                      Elliott told CP24 the wife remains in self-isolation at her home, while “next steps are determined.”...

                      ... Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, said that since last week, public health officials have come into contact with 36 people who feared they were infected with 2019 novel coronavirus, the official name of the virus.

                      Of those, 15 people have been cleared entirely through testing, one is absolutely confirmed to have the virus, one is a presumptive positive case of the virus, and 19 others are under observation while they await test results...

                      Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said “quite a few” of those 19 are under isolation at Toronto-area hospitals...


                      • #12

                        Federal lab fully confirms second case of coronavirus in Toronto
                        Chris Herhalt,
                        Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:07AM EST
                        Last Updated Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:12AM EST

                        Results from the federal government’s microbiology lab in Winnipeg have confirmed the earlier finding of a second case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Toronto, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Wednesday.

                        The woman in her mid-50s was aboard China Southern Airlines Flight CZ311 on Jan. 22, along with her husband, which landed at Toronto Pearson from Guangzhou.

                        Both she and her husband had spent time in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak...


                        • #13
                          Canada's 1st coronavirus patient discharged from Toronto hospital

                          The patient with Canada's first confirmed case of coronavirus was discharged from a hospital in Toronto on Friday morning.

                          The man was being treated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre after arriving on a flight from China last week.

                          "Over the course of the week, his status continued to improve to the point where he no longer required in-patient care," the hospital said in a statement.

                          The man was being held in a negative pressure room after being admitted to the hospital on Jan. 23, a day after returning from Guangzhou, China.

                          The patient's wife also has a confirmed case of the virus, although she has been at their home in self-isolation. Public health officials said Thursday that she is "doing well" and hasn't shown symptoms of infection.

                          Both patients are in their 50s, health officials said.

                          Ontario has confirmed the province's third case of coronavirus, just hours after releasing from hospital the country's first patient who tested positive for the illness.


                          • #14
                            3rd case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario

                            Global News has learned that Ontario health officials will be announcing a third confirmed case of the new coronavirus in Ontario on Friday.

                            The announcement will be made by Dr. David Williams, chief medical officer of health, at 2:30 p.m.

                            Sources told Global News the patient is from London, Ont., and is being treated there.

                            The patient is said to have recently travelled to China.



                            • #15
                              Fourth case of novel coronavirus confirmed in Canada

                              A fourth case of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 200 people in China and sickened thousands of others has been confirmed in Canada.

                              The new case is in a patient in London, Ont., according to an Ontario government source.

                              The case has been confirmed by Canada’s National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, the source added.

                              The province’s chief medical officer of health is expected to share more details about the case at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. EST Friday.

                              Three other cases of the new virus, known as 2019-nCoV, have been confirmed in Canada, one in British Columbia and two in Ontario.
                              Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is expected to share more details about the case in London at a news conference Friday afternoon
                              ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
                              Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

                              ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~