The province’s fifth presumptive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a woman in her 30s who lives in the Interior Health region.
The news came from Friday’s update by Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Henry said the woman recently returned from Shanghai, China, but did not Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
“She came home from Shanghai through YVR and travelled by private vehicle to her home in the Interior,” Henry said, noting the woman is in isolation at home and in good condition.
The woman was tested for the disease on Tuesday and the results came back positive on Thursday. It will remain a presumptive case until the test results are confirmed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg within 48 hours. If confirmed, it would be the fifth case of COVID-19 in B.C. and eighth in Canada.
“Her symptoms started, we think, around the time of arrival and we’re working out those details and looking at the flights and whether we have to contact people on those flights,” Henry said, noting the woman had a “very small number of close contacts,” all of whom are also in isolation.
Henry said the woman called health officials when she began to feel ill.
Officials have not revealed where in the Interior the woman lives.
There have also been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization, as of Feb. 14, there have been 49,053 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, of which almost all — 48,548 — are in China. There have been 505 laboratory-confirmed cases outside of China, spread among 24 countries, including the eight in Canada.
There have been 1,381 deaths related to COVID-19, with two outside of China, in the Philippines and Japan.