Coronavirus fear

In an announcement on Friday afternoon, B.C. Health Minister and the provincial health officer confirmed the province’s fifth case of presumptive positive coronavirus or COVID-19.

This most recent case is still awaiting confirmation from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg but is presumed positive.

According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the new patient is a woman in her 30s who flew to Vancouver from Shanghai. She was wearing a mask and is considered of low risk to the other passengers on her flight, but authorities are working on acquiring a list of all passengers on the plane regardless.

According to Dr. Henry, the patient was not in Hubei province – the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak – and drove from Vancouver to her home in the Interior Health Region.

As of Friday February 14th, there are five cases of novel coronavirus in B.C. four of which are in Vancouver.

All patients are in isolation and recovering, according to Dr. Henry.

So far, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has tested almost 500 people for COVID-19.

“Now is the time for tolerance. We call on all British Columbians to come together as a community to help one another,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Health earlier this week.

“In this time of uncertainty, this is not only the right response, but the necessary one. Fear obstructs the important work of our public health officials to protect the health and safety of British Columbians.”

As of the time of publication there are over 64,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide.