Sudbury man who tested positive for COVID-19 attended Toronto conference for 2 days

Mar 11 2020, 6:14 am

A man from Sudbury tested positive for coronavirus after attending a conference in Toronto.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury and Districts, confirmed the first positive COVID-19 case in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.

The patient is a man in his 50s who presented himself to the emergency department of Health Sciences North on March 7.

While the Public Health investigation is ongoing, it is known that the man attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 2020 convention in Toronto on March 2 and 3.

Public Health Sudbury say they are actively engaged in follow up and are collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the local health system.

“Having a confirmed case in our area is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus around the world,” Sutcliffe said.

“Although this is concerning, as a community and as a health system, we have been preparing for COVID-19. Our focus is on breaking the chain of transmission to limit the spread of infection and as a precautionary measure, we are asking those who attended PDAC 2020 to monitor for symptoms for 14 days.”

The patient in his 50s was discharged by the hospital, showing symptoms of a cough and shortness of breath. He now remains in self-isolation.