Algoma Public Health confirms second positive case of COVID-19 in Sault Ste. Marie
Published Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:05PM EDT
In statement released Saturday afternoon, Algoma Public Health confirmed a woman in her 40's who recently traveled to Michigan, has tested positive for COVID-19.
This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Health officials say the woman developed respiratory symptoms on March 21, was admitted to the Sault Area Hospital on the night of March 23 and then tested the following day.
The release says hospital staff have taken "all necessary infection prevention and control precautions."
The woman was discharged following her test and remains in self-isolation.
Health officials have advised that when a resident tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health conducts an investigation to determine the how that patient became exposed and if anyone else may be at risk.
"For the COVID-19 disease, we identify and notify anyone who would have had close contact with the ill individual during the 14 days since they began showing symptoms. We also identify and follow-up with anyone who had close contact with the ill individual during the 48 hours before they got sick," reads the statement.
According to the statement, two-days before exhibiting symptoms, the woman did run an errand, but there were no close contacts with other individuals identified, as a result of the investigation.
"In this specific situation, Algoma Public Health has identified and notified all the close contacts of this individual."