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B.C. records eighth case of COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 4, 2020 at 10:52 am PDT

Summary

B.C. says a woman who travelled from Iran is the province's eighth case of COVID-19

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the woman infected is in her 60s has a ``relatively mild case'' of the virus

The woman is in self-isolation at home, along with a ``small number'' of close contacts

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) –The province has announced the eighth case of the virus Saturday, involving a woman who recently had travelled from Tehran, Iran.

The woman, who is in her 60s, is now staying with relatives in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region.

Those in close contact with the woman have been identified and are being monitored for symptoms.

In a joint statement updating the province on COVID-19 Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry say out of the cases in B.C, four have now fully recovered.

“We are pleased to report that three additional patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now fully recovered, for a total of four fully recovered patients. The other individuals continue to recover in isolation at home and under the care of public health teams,” the statement read.

As of February 27, disease control completed testing on 1,425 samples for 1012 individuals.

“While the risk of spread of COVID-19 within British Columbia remains low at this time, we continue to focus efforts on containing and delaying the spread of transmission, as well as preparing for the possibility of a pandemic.”

“We are asking all British Columbians to do their part to prevent the transmission of infections in our communities and in our health-care system to help protect everyone in B.C.”

As for those British Columbians hoping to travel, the statement says you should monitor the Government of Canada travel site for updates on travel advisories.

“We ask all international travellers who are returning to B.C. to monitor themselves and their children closely for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, limit their contact with others and connect with their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811 to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed. This is an important way to reduce the possibility of transmission of illness to others.”