Attendees of PDAC conference to self-monitor after man tests positive for COVID-19

Close to 50 people from Queen’s University have been asked to watch for symptoms after possible exposure to coronavirus. The group attended a conference in Toronto with a Sudbury man in his 50’s who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts, confirmed on Wednesday the first positive case of COVID-19 in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.

According to Queen’s University’s Special Advisor to the Principal on Planning and Preparation for COVID-19, there are no cases yet in the Kingston region. “All I can tell you is that we have no cases in Kingston that have been tested positive in the University community or community at large,” says Dr. David Walker.

Walker, a former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, is currently a professor of emergency medicine, family medicine, and policy studies at Queen’s. He will help with the school’s response to the evolving public health issue.

The Prospectors and Developers Association Conference (PDAC) was held March 2 to March 3.  The event attracted 25,000 people from more than 130 countries — among those attendees were Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier, Doug Ford.  The prime minister has since confirmed he is in isolation after his wife Sophie presented with flu-like symptoms.

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