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Toronto woman tests positive for coronavirus

Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Toronto. The patient is a woman in her twenties who is now recovering in isolation at home.

Officials say the woman arrived from China on Feb. 21 and that she followed all safety protocols and wore a mask during her travel back to Toronto. She had visited Hubei province in China.

The woman was cared for at a Toronto hospital, tested, and after her symptoms were assessed as mild, was discharged and went into self-isolation.

“I think it’s important to note that since arriving in Toronto, the individual has had very, very limited exposure to others,” said Dr. Eileen De Ville, Toronto’s medical officer of health.

De Ville says the woman is being monitored by health professionals and will continue to assess her.

“We will clear her, as has been the case for others as non-infectious, when we have two tests taken 24 hours apart, showing that the person no longer has any virus,” she said.

Health officials are also following up with any close contacts the woman may have had.

Ontario had three other cases of the coronavirus, two of them in Toronto, and officials say all have been resolved.

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