VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Health officials are confirming three additional cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia.
That brings the total number of cases across the province to 12.
The newly confirmed cases involve two women and a man who recently travelled to Iran.
Provincial Health Officer Doctor Bonnie Henry outlined the new cases after earlier in the day the province confirmed a ninth case.
That person is a man in his 50s who recently had returned after travelling in Iran. Henry says the 10th case is similar in nature.
“A man in his 60s who also returned from travel to Iran and is in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. He had a very small number of contacts and he’s in isolation at home, as are the close contacts,” Henry says.”Case 11 is an adult woman, she also has recently travelled to Iran and is in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. As we speak, she is in isolation at home, and the follow up is been done.”
Three more #Covid_19 cases identified in #BC bringing total up to 12. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says latest cases are two women and one man. All of them are isolated at home now and they all recently travelled to #Iran.
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Henry says the last case involves a woman who was in close contact with another person who was diagnosed with the virus after travelling in Iran.
“She is a woman in her 30s, who is a household contact of case eight. So it was somebody who was in isolation because she had been a close contact of the woman in her 60s who had returned here from Iran. She developed symptoms, and has tested positive.”
She is reminding people to stay at home if they feel sick and if they start to show symptoms to reach out for help.
“We want people to if they have had exposure, we want to be sure that they’re in isolation if and when they develop symptoms so they can be safely assessed and tested.”