Patient tests negative for coronavirus at Nav Center

Public Health Agency of Canada Emergency Planner Rhonda Kropp speaks during a news conference on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 about a patient tested for novel coronavirus as a precaution. That sample has come back negative for COVID-19. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – One of the people under a quarantine at Nav Center has tested negative for novel coronavirus.

Emergency Planner Rhonda Kropp of the Public Health Agency of Canada informed reporters Friday about “one individual who was feeling unwell. We took them to the clinic that is within the quarantine zone. Because of the abundance of caution we decided we should take a sample.”

That sample has come back negative for COVID-19, a Public Health Agency of Canada spokesman told Cornwall Newswatch Saturday.

There are 129 vacationers and 22 staff who started a 14-day quarantine on Friday after leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and arriving at CFB Trenton, where they went through further screening before coming to Cornwall.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis added Friday that the testing is “medically expected” and that has happened in other places like CFB Trenton as a precautionary measure.