Health officials announce third Quebecer tests positive for COVID-19

Mar 6 2020, 6:23 am

The third presumptive case of COVID-19 in Quebec was announced by the province’s health agency on Thursday evening, hours after the province’s second case came was confirmed positive.

According to Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services (Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux) preliminary tests performed by the ministry’s laboratory came back positive.

Officials are now waiting for results to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, as was the case with yesterday’s announcement. Cases are deemed presumptive until final results come back from national testing.

“The coronavirus is becoming increasingly present all over the world and under these circumstances, it is not surprising to see cases of COVID-19 occurring in Quebec,” says Yves Jalbert, Deputy Director General of Public Health Protection, in French. “This being a collective responsibility, I would like to salute the exemplary collaboration of the infected person, who has implemented all the recommendations regarding COVID-19.”

After commending the province’s 811 Info-Santé hotline, Jalbert concluded that Quebec health officials and its social service network is “ready to face this type of situation.”

As of the evening of March 5, according to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), Quebec has two confirmed cases, a third probable case, 20 people under investigation, and 242 negative analysis.