TBRHSC Staff Say Presumptive Case Waiting Results

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre are once again dealing with a presumptive case of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.

To confirm a Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 case, two tests must be performed and pass. A presumptive case means the first test passed and the second test is waiting.

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The patient is in a “negative air pressure” room in the hospital. They were brought in not long ago due to substantial symptoms.

There have been a number of previous presumptive cases in Thunder Bay and all have come back negative. Our local health unit appears to not want to release that information.

The health unit website doesn’t inform people of presumptive positives but they do say there has been 298 people tested as of 10:00 am today. That’s less than 0.01% of the district population. Further, they have only received results in less than 170 of those tests.

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Just west of our district in the Northwestern Health Unit coverage area, they have confirmed their second case. UPDATE: This was an error on the Ontario Public Health website, this case was actually in Sudbury.

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