Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario

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The province says that while two new cases of coronavirus virus have been confirmed, the risk of spread remains low in Ontario.

On March 5, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Ontario to 22. 

The province says the first four cases in Ontario are all resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.  

Of the new cases, the province says a woman in her 50s who returned from Italy on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, went to Grand River Hospital’s emergency department in Kitchener upon her return. She was assessed, tested, and discharged the same day. 

The province says the patient is experiencing mild symptoms and remains in self-isolation at home with minimal contact with others. 

"The hospital followed standard operating procedures and continues taking necessary precautions. Region of Waterloo Public Health is actively monitoring the situation, including contact tracing," the province said in a statement. 

The province says a man in his 60s who returned from Iran on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, presented himself to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s emergency department, in Toronto, on Tuesday, March 3. 

He was assessed and discharged the same day. 

As per protocols, he went into self-isolation where he remains with minimal contact with others. 

The province says Toronto Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management.

The province says all individuals who have tested positive have been quickly assessed and isolated.

"At this time, the virus is not circulating locally. However, given the global circumstances, Ontario is actively working with city and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread. The province continues to carefully monitor this situation and encourage residents to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information sources," the province said.

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