Even though she didn't have any symptoms, Middlesex-London's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Chris Mackie, credited her for going "above and beyond to protect the public" by wearing a mask and putting herself in self-isolation. The woman recovered in a few days, officials said, and remained in self-isolation in her home.
Ontario's chief medical officer of health says the London woman who was the province's third case of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is no longer infected. "Additional testing has been conducted by both the Public Health Ontario Laboratory and the National Microbiology Lab (Winnipeg)", said Dr. Williams. She had arrived back in Canada from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the outbreak, on January 23 and was not symptomatic.
Williams said in a statement Wednesday morning that the case had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart. However, the woman developed symptoms the next day and was assessed at the London Health Sciences Centre. She is the first case to be officially resolved by the province.
The novel strain of coronavirus, which emerged in China late a year ago, has killed more than 1,000 people.
There are now only six confirmed cases in Canada - two in Ontario and four in British Columbia.
Williams said the risk for Ontarians contracting the coronavirus remains low.
Its officials are asking anyone returning from Hubei province to report to the health unit and self-isolate for 14 days once they return as a precaution. All of the deaths have happened in China with the exception of one from the Philippines. "We're trying to make sure people are aware".