Breaking News – Ontario Confirms First Case of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

Extensive Protocols in Place to Detect and Contain Cases

January 25, 2020 5:55 P.M.

From the Ontario Ministry of Health

Posted January 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

TORONTO — Today, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced Ontario’s first presumptive confirmed case of Wuhan novel coronavirus in Toronto.

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre admitted a patient brought in by paramedics who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms. The patient was screened, recent travel history to Wuhan, China, was confirmed and the patient was immediately put under isolation. The hospital and paramedic service took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients.

Diagnostic testing was conducted, and specimens were sent to the Public Health Ontario Laboratory to confirm the diagnosis. On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Public Health Lab confirmed the case as a presumptive positive case.

“All appropriate infection prevention and control measures were followed by both paramedics and the hospital,” said Dr. Williams. “Toronto Public Health is conducting case and contact management and Ontario is in touch with our federal counterparts to help determine exposure to other individuals on the flights.”

Ontario’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. David Williams, announcing that a first case of the virus has now been confirmed in the province.

Recently, to strengthen the province’s ability to monitor any coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Health added novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario’s public health legislation. Because of this, and other protocol and procedures that Ontario has in effect, the case was quickly identified and protocols for protection of health care workers and the public was immediately enacted.

“Although there is now a presumptive confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Ontario, I want Ontarians to know that the province is prepared to actively identify, prevent and control the spread of this serious infectious disease in Ontario.” said Elliott. “I want Ontarians to know that their health and wellbeing is my top concern. Ontario has robust processes in place, skilled clinicians and dedicated health workers to identify and manage this and any future cases safely and effectively. We have specialized units within our hospitals to deal specifically with these types of cases when they arise.”

The ministry has been and will remain in constant contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and other jurisdictions to monitor the developing situation and safeguard the health of all Ontarians, as well as to ensure our shared efforts to protect the public are coordinated and effective.

To help educate Ontarians about Wuhan novel coronavirus, how they can protect themselves and what to do if they suspect they may be at risk, the province has launched a dedicated webpage. Moving forward, each weekday this web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information on the number of cases under investigation and those that have been confirmed.

A Response to this News, issued early Saturday evening, January 25th, 2020 from Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath –

Statement by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

OTTAWA –  Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition New Democrats, released the following statement in response to news that the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Ontario.

“I want to thank all health care and public health employees for the work they’ve done to prepare for an outbreak, and for the work they may do in the days ahead to care for patients and prevent the spread coronavirus in Ontario and beyond.

I urge the government to ensure front-line workers and public health leaders are listened to, and provided with every resource they need, every step of the way. Ontario is in good hands when we rely on their world-class expertise and care.”

To watch the Ontario Chief Medical Health Officer’s announcement, click on the screen below  –

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