Toronto man with COVID-19 traveled from Las Vegas

By: - March 6, 2020 8:52 am

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. (CDC photo and caption)

A Toronto man who returned to Canada on February 28 from Las Vegas has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ontario Ministry of Health.

The man, who is in his 40s, according to Ontario officials, is in isolation at his home.

Some news outlets are reporting the man attended an international convention in Las Vegas.  Gov. Steve Sisolak, local and state health officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have not immediately responded to requests for comment.

A review of convention calendars reveals four international trade shows were held in Las Vegas last week — three at the Las Vegas Convention Center and one at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

A Washoe County man in his 50s became the second person in Nevada to test presumptively positive for the virus. He has a family member at Huffaker Elementary School in Reno, according to the Washoe County Health District.  The school is closed Friday out of an abundance of caution.

The man’s infection is linked to the Grand Princess cruise ship outbreak, health officials say. The cruise ship is anchored off the San Francisco coast as health officials await test results from passengers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.  A passenger from a previous sailing of the cruise died of the virus.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports three Las Vegans are aboard the cruise ship.





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