First case of the Coronavirus reported in Vancouver

Azzaya Khan / January 28, 2020

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reporting the first case of the Coronavirus in BC
(Azzaya Khan / BCIT News)

At the BC Centre for Disease Control, B.C Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry have confirmed the first case of the Cornoavirus in the province.  A 40-year-old man who lives in Vancouver was in Wuhan, China before returning back home.

The main message that was repeated from Henry and Dix was, although there is one confirmed case of the virus, the public should not panic.

“There are a lot of rumors being reported, but the fact is that the man is being taken care of by Vancouver Coastal Health and that we are keeping a close eye on him.” – Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer

Henry also said the Provincial health authorities are confident that there are no risk to people in BC.

For Dix, he and Health Ministers across the country have been meeting on a consistent basis. He had a meeting scheduled with Federal Health Minister, Patty Haju.

“In our previous meetings we have talked about preventative measures and how we can go along to handle this situation. The federal government sends us daily reports on what they are doing”

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Dix also added that they are consistently inspecting the airport, and hospitals across the Lower Mainland and the one hospital that was mentioned was  Richmond General.

Though both Dix and Henry have said that there are no risk to people in BC, there is still one questionable aspect.

The man who is confirmed to have the virus is not ordered to be at home in isolation he can leave his house if needed, but still receives consistent check-ins from Vancouver Coastal Health.

As for his wife and kids it is reported that they have not obtained the virus.