Coronavirus: What to know about the 1st Canadian ‘community case’ of COVID-19

Canada’s first apparent “community case” of coronavirus was reported Thursday, involving a Vancouver-area woman who recently caught the virus without having been out of the country.

Community cases of COVID-19 had been reported in several countries around the world — but not yet in Canada.

Here’s a look at what exactly the new case means.

What is a community case?

A community case indicates that the virus was passed within a community, rather than contracted through travel. Previously, all cases in Canada had involved individuals who recently travelled to other countries such as China, Iran, Italy or Egypt.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the B.C.’s health officer, said Thursday the case of the woman is of particular concern because she did not travel recently and has had no known contact with anyone else diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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