Seventh coronavirus-related death confirmed in Ontario

Mar 24 2020, 10:11 am

A man in his 90s is Ontario’s 7th COVID-19-related death.

According to Durham Region Health Department, the patient was a resident at Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa, and was recently confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The individual passed away on March 23 after being transferred from Hillsdale Terraces to Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

“We extend our sincere condolences to this man’s family and our thoughts are with them during this very sad time,” said Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

“It is truly unfortunate that this man’s tragic passing underscores the need for us to work together as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We need everyone’s help to protect those most vulnerable in our community and encourage all area residents to take the practice of social and physical distancing very seriously and take action to protect yourself and others in our community.”

The sixth death related to coronavirus 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.

As of March 24, there are 588 confirmed cases in Ontario with 85 announced as new on Tuesday morning, marking the province’s largest single-day jump.

Durham’s death is Canada’s 25th related to coronavirus.