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Man who attended PDAC 2020 diagnosed with coronavirus

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(Kitco News) - Health officials in Toronto are warning people who attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 2020 mining conference to monitor their health for signs of the coronavirus.

Officials with the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention announced Tuesday night that a man who attended the conference last week was diagnosed with the virus.

“Our focus is on breaking the chain of transmission to limit the spread of infection and as a precautionary measure, we are asking those who attended PDAC 2020 to monitor for symptoms for 14 days,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe.

“Public Health Sudbury & Districts is actively engaged in follow-up and is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the local health system,” health officials added in a press release.

Organizers from PDAC said that the man attended the confernce Monday and Tuesday.

"We are supporting the detailed investigation being conducted by Public Health Sudbury & Districts and Toronto Public Health of this individual's activities while at the PDAC Conference on March 2 and 3," the PDAC said in a statement. "In general, large gatherings with transient interactions including walking by a person who may be infected with COVID-19 or briefly being in the same room with that person are considered a low risk."

According to conference organizers, around 23,000 people attended the world’s largest mining conference last week. Attendance was down about 10% from 2019. Attendance fell due to fears of the spreading coronavirus. Prime Minster Justin Trudeau attended the conference along with Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan and International Trade Minister Mary Ng

PDAC organizers noted on their website that they were taking additional health measures this year in light of concerns around the coronavirus. They include increased cleaning of “high-volume touchpoints,” such as touchscreens and door handles, and increased availability of hand sanitizer.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health advise all people to monitor their health for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days. If symptoms develop within 14 days, people are directed to self-isolate as quickly as possible and immediately call their health-care professionals or public health to make arrangements to be tested.

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