NE Ontario's first COVID-19 patient was at PDAC convention

Воскресенье, 15 Мар, 2020

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is actively engaged in follow up and is collaborating with Ontario's Ministry of Health and the local health system. He went to Health Sciences North with symptoms on March 7 and is now home in self-isolation. It was determined he was infected with coronavirus.

DX3 organizers said Wednesday that they had cancelled the second day of their annual event after learning that Ontario health officials are investigating whether the man who contracted COVID-19 and attended the Prospectors and Developers Association in Canada Convention (PDAC) at the centre in early March is evidence of the country's first instance of community spread of the virus.

Yaffe said it's likely the man acquired the virus at the convention, which was attended by more than 20,000 people from many different countries. Its offices are at the Willet Green Miller Centre on Ramsey Lake Road.

The letter came as Canada reported its first death on Monday from COVID-19.

"This cancellation comes amid travel advisories for much of Europe and Asia and a number of actions taken by governments to try to contain any further spread of the virus", said Larry Hope, director of education, in a letter to parents and students regarding the decision.

The Business Council of Canada said it made sense to "hold off on major economic stimulus measures" until more was known. "We will closely monitor what is needed to be done to keep Canadians safe", Trudeau said, flanked by key ministers and Canada's chief public health officer. "Laurentian University's foremost concern is the health and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff". If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

While the university will remain open, events planned between Wednesday and Thursday were cancelled and other events are also under consideration. "Across the province we have seen improvements in communication about the illness and cases, improved laboratory testing protocols and quicker test results shared with health professionals for the stringent contact follow-up and management involving potential cases".

Toronto Public Health is monitoring his situation, while Halton Public Health is monitoring hers.

The college has cancelled all global travel, with domestic travel permitted only if necessary.

"They've been keeping us very informed and up-to-date".

Eleven employees from Cambrian College attended PDAC.

According to Queen's University's Special Advisor to the Principal on Planning and Preparation for COVID-19, there are no cases yet in the Kingston region.

"These are worrisome; however, we know the individual did attend this conference where there were delegates from all over the world". (The staff were) informed this morning about the case and all preventively accepted to self-isolate themselves at home.

Currently, the Public Health Agency of Canada considers the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low, for Canada.

If Boreal decides to shutter, Le Guern advised the public to look to the college's website for up-to-date information.