Quebec Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda said there are still no cases of COVID-19 in the province.
He made the statement Monday afternoon at a press conference in Quebec City, saying the risk of contracting the illness remains low in Quebec.
He made the comments after it was revealed over the weekend that a passenger travelling on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver on Feb. 14 tested positive for COVID-19.
B.C.’s Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) explained that the female passenger travelled to Montreal from Iran, then flew Air Canada to Vancouver.
The COVID-19 case was confirmed to have been contracted in Iran in late January.
Arruda said public health authorities will be contacting passengers who were seated withing three rows of the infected person as a precautionary measure.
“It’s been 10 days since the flight, so the people, if they were to get the illness, they would probably already have it,” he said.
Dr. Matthew Oughton, an attending physician at the Jewish General Hospital, said based on what is known of the disease, the announced measures should be sufficient.
“What we know is that the virus seems to be transmitted mostly by respiratory droplet,” he said, adding the droplets can only travel within a few feet of the infected patient.
That being said, he urged travellers concerned about possible exposure to seek help with their usual health provider.
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