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Alberta woman says positive test for coronavirus ‘feels so unreal’


A Vegreville, Alta., woman said she is in disbelief after learning she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

This is the first time an Albertan who has been diagnosed with the virus is speaking out publicly about their experience.

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Jerilyn Gabruck said she was not worried about the virus when she went to Mexico with her husband and two friends on Feb. 29.

“I’m not an overly germophobe person,” she said. “We were taking precautions but we weren’t overly cautious.”

Gabruck, who is a nurse, said she started to develop a fever a few days after returning; she had not gone back to work at that point and wasn’t scheduled to work until the following week.

“I’m a nurse. I work with elderly people in home care. I did not want to transmit something if, by some random chance, I had it,” she said.

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Because she had been out of the country, Gabruck called 811 where a nurse assessed her travel history and symptoms. She said she was told to self-isolate immediately and was tested Monday morning.

She received the positive test result Tuesday night.

She is now trying to keep a safe distance from her children and her husband, who are also self-isolating in the home with her.

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