Tom Hanks & a New Brunswick woman are among the latest diagnosed with COVID 19 - Blog - CFCY
March 12, 2020 | by: Chris Pride

Tom Hanks & a New Brunswick woman are among the latest diagnosed with COVID 19

The effects of COVID 19 have been felt around the world.  On Wednesday, the NBA announced it would be suspending it’s season after all-star Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz contracted the virus.  Many people were even more shocked when beloved actor Tom Hanks announced on twitter than both himself and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for Coronavirus.

In his tweet, which you can read below, Hanks said the couple were in Australia when they both starting feeling tired “like we had colds and some body aches.”  Hanks says they’ll be “tested, observed and isolate for as long as public healthy safety requires”

Closer to home, New Brunswick has recorded Atlantic Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus.  During an announcement late yesterday the Chief Medical Officer of Health said the affected person is a woman between 50 and 60 who had travelled from France to New Brunswick.  Dr. Jennifer Russell said the woman has minimal symptoms and has been self-isolated at her home in Southeastern part of the province since her diagnosis.  Russell said those in contact with the woman have been informed and told to isolate themselves for 14-days.

PEI has opened its first clinic for COVID-19 testing in Charlottetown.  Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced a second dedicated testing clinic will be opened in Summerside today. Don’t just rush to the hospital if you are showing symptoms. In order to access the clinic, Islanders are being told to call the 8-1-1 health line for an over the phone assessment first and to book an appointment so they can prepare. They don’t want you showing up at hospital and posibly infecting other people who are waiting.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on the island but with many islanders still planning to travel for MArch break officials here are bracing for its arrival.