Province confirms eighth case of coronavirus in Ontario


A new positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in Toronto on Friday, according to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.

“After arriving in Toronto on February 20, 2020, a man in his 80s presented himself at Scarborough Health Network’s General Hospital’s emergency department on February 27, 2020, with a travel history to Egypt,” says a statement from the Ontario government.

“As per established infection prevention and control protocols, the patient was cared for at the hospital using all appropriate precautions, including being isolated as he was tested for COVID-19.”

The man was sent home the same day feeling well and, per protocol, went into self-isolation where he currently remains.

He reportedly wore a mask throughout his travels.

Toronto Public Health is actively investigating this case, and the province is continuing to work with city and health partners to plan for the potential of the local spread of coronavirus. 

Ontario’s first three cases are all resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Dr. Williams will provide an update on the situation at the regularly scheduled media briefing on Monday, March 2.

More information about coronavirus can be found at the Ontario website.

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