The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has confirmed the first death in the area related to COVID-19.
According to the Health Unit, a man in his 80s was admitted to Ross Memorial Hospital on Thursday (March 19) after presenting with a high fever and influenza-like illness. Tests were conducted and it was confirmed the man tested positive for COVID-19 late Saturday (March 21).
“The individual passed away this afternoon with both pneumonia and COVID-19 listed as the cause of death. The man had no travel history or contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19,” reads a media release.
“We offer our sincere condolences to this man’s family and our thoughts are with them during this sad time,” added Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, the area’s medical officer of health.
“Unfortunately, this man’s tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area.”
Dr. Noseworthy says this means it’s more important than ever that everyone works together to protect themselves and others against the spread of the virus. Everyone is urged to follow the public health recommendations for self-isolation if someone is ill; self-isolating if they have returned from travel recently, washing their hands frequently and thoroughly and covering coughs and sneezes. As well, everyone is urged to practise 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.
“Our team continues to work collaboratively with HKPR, regional and provincial partners on a coordinated response to COVID-19,” said Veronica Nelson, interim president and CEO of Ross Memorial Hospital.
“Seniors are especially vulnerable to this virus, which means that a large portion of our community is particularly at risk. Protect them by taking steps to ‘flatten the curve,’ and that means self-isolation, especially for those returning to Canada.”