First case of coronavirus in Canada identified at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, province says | The Star

A 50-year-old man who recently returned from Wuhan, China, is being held in isolation at Sunnybrook hospital, health officials said Saturday, stressing that the risk to the public remains low.

The first “presumptive” case of coronavirus in Canada has been identified at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said at a hastily organized press conference at Queen’s Park on Saturday.

A 50-year-old man who returned on Jan. 22 from a trip to Wuhan, China, was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook the next day with a fever and cough. Tests came back positive for coronavirus on Saturday afternoon and the man is now being treated in isolation in a “negative pressure” room at the hospital. His illness is currently “mild” and he is in stable condition, officials said.

Emergency and medical workers were aware of the patient’s travel history and took all precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, said Dr. David Williams, the chief medical officer.

“The risk to Ontarians is still low,” he said.

The province and Toronto Public Health are collaborating using protocols developed after the SARS outbreak more than a decade ago.

“The system is working,” Williams said. “People did what they were supposed to do.”

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