Sixth coronavirus-related death confirmed in Ontario

Mar 23 2020, 6:03 am

The sixth death related to COVID-19 was confirmed on Sunday.

The individual was a man in his 80s and was admitted to Ross Memorial Hospital on March 19, after presenting symptoms of a high fever and flu-like illness.

According to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, tests were conducted and late on March 21 it was confirmed that the man tested positive for coronavirus.

The man passed away on Sunday with both, pneumonia and coronavirus, listed as the cause of death. He had no travel history or close contact with anyone who had the virus.

“We offer our sincere condolences to this man’s family and our thoughts are with them during this sad time,” Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the region said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this man’s tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area.”

Noseworthy said that it is more “important than ever” to follow the instructions given by public health like self-isolation after travel, diligently washing hands and covering coughs or sneezes.

As well, everyone is urged to practice social distancing which includes staying home if possible, staying at least two metres from others, limiting time out for necessary purchases and avoiding public settings.

There were two other reported deaths in the province on Sunday; a woman in her 70s who contracted the virus during travel passed away and a man from Toronto in his 70s who travelled to the UK recently.

As of March 22, there are 412 confirmed cases in Ontario with 8 resolved.

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