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First presumptive case of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island announced

Vancouver Island has its first presumptive case of COVID-19.

It was among the seven new cases in British Columbia that Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, announced today.

The patient is a man in his 60s who recently took a trip to Egypt. He’s currently in self-isolation in his home.

Officials won’t be able to confirm if the man has COVID-19 for sure until his test results from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg come back.

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Dr. Henry wouldn’t say exactly where the man lives, only that he resides within the Island Health region. She said it’s standard practice to only give the patient’s health authority.

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