Royal Military College cadet tests negative for COVID-19 virus

The Royal Military College of Canada cadet who was potentially exposed to COVID-19 on a flight to Vancouver tested negative for the virus that causes the illness Wednesday.

Global News first broke the story about four cadets being put in isolation at the Kingston military base on Tuesday, after receiving emails sent from Brigadier-General Sebastien Bouchard, commandant of RMC, to staff Monday evening.

According to the email, one RMC cadet apparently travelled on a plane from Montreal to Vancouver from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, on which it was later determined that a passenger tested positive for COVID-19. This passenger turned out to be British Columbia’s sixth confirmed case of the illness.

The cadet travelled back to Montreal Feb. 23 and then returned to barracks at RMC, where they came into close contact with three other cadets. That same day, the cadet was notified by B.C. health officials that they may have been potentially exposed to the virus on their flight to Vancouver.

According to the Department of National Defence, the cadet “immediately informed their chain of command and the Base Surgeon at CFB Kingston was subsequently notified.”

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