PDAC attendees asked to self-monitor for coronavirus symptoms
Anyone who attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 2020 convention in Toronto is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus after a man who attended was tested positive in the Sudbury area.
Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, confirmed on Wednesday the first positive case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.
“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,” she said.
The man in his 50s admitted himself to the emergency department at Health Sciences North on March 7 after experiencing a cough and difficulty breathing.
He has been discharged and remains at home in self-isolation.
More than 23,000 people from around the world attended the conference including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan. Trudeau was at the conference March 2, the same day as the Sudbury patient.
O’Regan said Wednesday night he’s isolating himself until he gets the results of a test for the virus that causes COVID-19.