Jan 31, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Ontario has its third confirmed case of coronavirus and first outside Toronto.
A woman in her 20s in London who had recently been to China.
She’s recovered and well now but here’s why we’re only learning about it now.
She arrived asymptomatic and started displaying symptoms and was assessed and tested at London Health Sciences Centre and released.
After limited exposure to others she’s been in isolation the past week.
Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams says the initial test came back negative, but a more sensitive test at the National Microbiology Lab in Manitoba was able to identify the smallest trace of the virus, and so her case was then deemed to be positive.
Most of the cases previously considered negative have been confirmed negative by the national lab. 
Meanwhile, the only hospitalized patient with the corona-virus in Canada has been discharged to continue his recovery at home.
Dr. Jerome Leis, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and recent guest on Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with Libby Znaimer, explains the decision. 
”I think we’ve been very cautious throughout the process and he seems to be on a clear trajectory of improvement.  Having said that Toronto Public Health will continue to monitor him closely in the home isolation situation.  We have seen that this condition can be successfully managed with home isolation in many other cases and we felt that that was the best approach,” said Dr. Leis.

The man’s wife, who also has the virus, has been in self-isolation at their Toronto home.

A Vancouver man is the only other confirmed case in Canada.

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