March 18: One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Ottawa
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP
OTTAWA -- An Ottawa man has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Ontario Ministry of Health’s 10:30 a.m. update says a male in his 20s has tested positive for novel coronavirus, and is now self-isolating. Officials say the transmission of novel coronavirus is related to travel to the United States.
Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Ottawa Public Health provided no other details about the case.
On Tuesday night, the Ottawa Senators announced a player had tested positive for COVID-19. The unidentified player has mild symptoms and is in self-isolation.
It’s not known whether the new case reported in Ottawa on Wednesday is the Ottawa Senators player.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Senators said the "medical team is actively monitoring players and staff and following all appropriate and professional guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and the greater community."
The Senators add players are being "tested under the supervision of public health authorities." All Senators players and staff who travelled on the trip to California have been instructed to self-quarantine.
There are now 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Thirteen of the cases are self-isolating.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said on Tuesday that one of the cases is now hospitalized. Etches would only say the person is over the age of 60, and the case was connected to travel.
Ontario’s Ministry of Health says there are now 212 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. One death has been linked to novel coronavirus.