I am providing this update today to advise residents we have confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Folks, this virus is here. We no longer have to assume it is among us.
Unfortunately, I must announce today that the Township of Uxbridge has experienced our first community loss due to COVID-19. We received word today, April 2nd, that one of our senior residents succumbed to the COVID virus after being in isolation for 14 days.
I offer my personal condolences to the family and friends who are experiencing this loss. Please know that this community is mourning with you, and you have our sympathy. This is a sad day for the Township.
I understand the other two cases are quarantined.
It is as critical as ever to practice physical distancing in public, and to stay at home unless you really need to go out. If you are vulnerable, such as being over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions, please self-isolate to protect yourself. Everyone, self-isolate to protect the vulnerable. This seems like a small thing to ask you to do when the stakes are so high.
I have no evidence that cases are widespread in the Township, at this time the virus seems contained and isolated. However, we will learn more in the days ahead and we are in constant communication with our health care professionals and the Durham Region Health department who are tracking this.
Please help us keep our community safe. Do you part – stay home. And please remember those who are ill or who have lost a loved-one tonight in your thoughts and prayers.