Public Health confirms 1st COVID-19 case in Waterloo Region

COVID-19 has arrived in Waterloo Region, according to public health officials.

“Last evening, we received mandatory confirmation of our first case of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus in Waterloo Region,” Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s acting medical officer of health, said at a press conference in Kitchener on Thursday. “The confirmed case is a female in her 50s and is a resident of Waterloo Region.”

The woman is said to have had mild symptoms on flights from Milan to Lisbon (Flight 827; Air Portugal) and then Lisbon to Toronto (Flight 259; Air Portugal) on Tuesday.

Officials said that upon landing at Pearson Airport, the woman was privately transported to Grand River Hospital (GRH).

“She is recovering and she has been released from hospital and is self-isolating, Wang said. “This case does not represent an increased risk to residents in Waterloo Region and the risk in our region remains low.

“That said, we are preparing for the likelihood of additional cases in Canada, Ontario and Waterloo Region.”

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