On Thursday, March 5, Peel Public Health announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the region.

The person who had the virus is a 60-year-old Mississauga resident who is in stable condition and recovering in self-isolation at home. It is believed they caught the virus because they had been on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship that departed from San Fransico in early February and returned to Canada on February 28.

“Given the global spread of this virus over the last few weeks, a case in Peel was anticipated and pre-emptive measures were in place for exactly this type of situation,” said Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel, in a press release.

She added, “This case contracted the illness outside of our Region and there remains no community spread to date of COVID-19. In this case, the system worked as intended and through coordinated efforts with our partners, the risk to Peel citizens remains low.”

The region added on Twitter, “Given the global spread of this virus, a case in Peel was anticipated and preemptive measures were in place for exactly this type of situation. This case contracted the illness outside of Peel Region and there remains no community spread to date of COVID-19.”

Peel Public Health is now investigating where the person went and who they may have been in contact with during their period of being contagious. Keep an eye here and on the Region of Peel for further updates.

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