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Quebec Has First Presumptive Case Of COVID-19 In Montreal

The woman is now under home isolation in Montreal.
Quebec Has First Presumptive Case Of COVID-19 In Montreal
  • The first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Quebec has been confirmed by Quebec's Health Minister Danielle McCann.
  • The woman arrived on a flight from Iran and is now under home isolation in Montreal.
  • Test results of the presumed case are expected to be confirmed on Sunday.

Quebec's Health Minister Danielle McCann has now confirmed the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Quebec. As it stands, further analysis is required to confirm whether or not this is a confirmed case of the coronavirus COVID-19, but the woman under investigation is now under quarantine in her own home in Montreal. According to a release from Montreal's director of Public Health, Dr. Mylène Drouin, "a search for close contacts of the infected person is underway in order to apply the necessary protective measures in the community. A similar process will be conducted for her air travel." The woman recently returned from a trip to Iran.

As of February 27, there is only one presumptive case of COVID-19 in Quebec and 21 cases that remain under investigation. 

There have also been 79 cases who were analyzed and reported as negative for the virus in question. 

Confirmed cases in Canada remain low, with 13 cases nationwide which are currently contained to Ontario, where there have been six confirmed cases, and British Columbia, where there have been seven.

However, the list of countries that are reporting cases continues to grow. A list provided by Health Canada notes 41 countries that are currently reporting cases of COVID-19, in regions including Asia, Australia, Europe, the U.K., the Middle East, Africa, North America, and South America. There are currently no reported cases in Central America or the Caribbean.

Below are two tweets sent out by Quebec's Health Minister Danielle McCann at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The first reads, "We are confirming the first presumptive case in Quebec. The person is in isolation at home..."

Followed by, "The care of the infected person went well, demonstrating that our intervention protocols are working."

READ ALSO: Quebec Adds More Countries To Observation List For COVID-19 & PHAC Recommends Precautions

Montreal's mayor also addressed the news in a tweet saying, "I contacted [Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal public health director]  to get a situation update. The government of Quebec, the health network and the City of Montreal are making every effort to detect, manage, and limit the spread of the virus. We are continuing to monitor the situation."

Drouin herself also issued a statement regarding the case, which indicated that "further testing must now be performed by the Winnipeg Microbiology Laboratory in order to obtain official confirmation."

The release also indicates that the infected woman had "just returned from a trip to Iran," and "went to a medical clinic because she had mild symptoms. When this person was taken care of, all precautionary measures were put in place."

Drouin also asserts that "the detection of this probable case demonstrates that we are well prepared to deal with the situation. From the outset, Quebec has taken the necessary measures, putting in place an effective and reliable system, in addition to our well-established care protocols. The network is working closely with all the partners involved to ensure that Quebecers are well protected."

Reports indicate that results should return from Winnipeg on Sunday.

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