Health unit reports region's first COVID-19 related death
By Chad Ingram
The jurisdiction served by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit experienced its first COVID-19-related death during the weekend, with a man in his 80s passing away at Lindsay’s Ross Memorial Hospital on March 22.
According to a press release from the health unit, the man was admitted to the hospital on March 19 exhibiting high fever and “influenza-like illness,” and tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on March 21. Pneumonia and COVID-19 were listed as his causes of death.
“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 HKPR District Health Unit, said in the release. “Unfortunately, this man’s tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area.”
emphasized anyone feeling ill or returning to the country from abroad
is to self-isolate for a period of two weeks and in general, everyone is
encouraged to practice physical distancing, keeping a minimum distance
of two metres from one another. It is recommended that people limit time
out making essential purchases, and avoid public settings.
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At press time, there remained 10 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus within the HKPR district, but none within Haliburton County. Six of those cases were men and women in their 60s and 70s who’d recently returned from travel abroad, four from within Northumberland County and two from the City of Kawartha Lakes. Those individuals were all self-isolating, according to the HKPR District Health Unit website.
Additionally, in the City of Kawartha Lakes, three residents of a Bobcaygeon nursing home are confirmed to have the virus, and are being kept in isolation.