Health officials are currently tracking COVID-19, which has made its way to B.C.
The novel coronavirus is transmitted through large liquid droplets such as when a person coughs or sneezes and can enter your system through the eyes, nose or throat if you’re in close contact with an infected individual.
Symptoms include a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Those who think they’re infected should call a health-care professional before visiting a doctor’s office.
Here’s an updated list of cases confirmed in B.C.
RECOVERED — Case 1: Man, 40s, Vancouver resident
B.C.’s first COVID-19 patient was a man in his 40s. Officials said the man was first confirmed to have the novel coronavirus on Jan. 27, 2020. He had travelled to Wuhan and was put into isolation for recovery upon diagnosis here in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
On Feb. 19, 2020, officials confirmed the man had been cleared of the virus after testing negative in two tests set 24 hours apart.
Case 2: Woman, 50s, Vancouver resident
The second B.C. case of COVID-19 was announced Feb. 3 in a woman in her 50s who lives in the Vancouver area. Officials believe the woman contracted coronavirus from two relatives who had been visiting her from the Wuhan area.
Cases 3 and 4: Man and woman, both in their 30s, visitors from Hubei province
The third and fourth cases of COVID-19 were reported Feb. 6 in a man and a woman in their 30s, both visiting from the Hubei province in China. The pair was visiting a Vancouver-based relative, who had earlier been announced as B.C.’s second case of COVID-19.
All three individuals in the household were placed on quarantine at home for recovery.
Case 5: Woman, 30s, B.C. Interior resident
The fifth case was announced Feb. 14 and was found in a woman in her 30s who had recently returned from Shanghai. The woman, who lives in B.C.’s Interior, remained in isolation at home while recovering.
Case 6: Woman, 30s, Fraser Valley resident
B.C.’s sixth case of COVID-19 was announced Feb. 20 in a woman in her 30s who lives in the Fraser Health region. The woman had recently returned from a trip to Iran, where concerns are high over transmission after a sudden rash of cases in that country.
A number of close contacts of the woman were identified by health officials, including those on-board her flight to Vancouver, and were being monitored for symptoms.
Case 7: Man, 40s, Fraser Valley resident
The province’s seventh case of COVID-19 was announced Feb. 24 in a man in his 40s. Officials say the man had been in contact with the woman in B.C.’s sixth case, though the man’s symptoms began before the woman had been officially diagnosed.
The man’s close contacts have been identified and officials are monitoring them for symptoms.
More to come …