Durham Health confirms first Covid-19 death

Whitby: Durham Region Health Department said it has received confirmation of the region’s first Covid-19-related death.

The individual, a female in her 90s, was a resident at Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa, and was recently confirmed positive for Covid-19. She passed away on March 23 after being transferred from Hillsdale Terraces to Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

“We extend our sincere condolences to this woman’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 woman’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,” he added.

Ontario death toll at 8

The Covid-related death toll in Ontario has risen to 8. Two of these were in Ontario long-term care homes.

“I am deeply saddened to report to Ontarians that there have been two deaths related to Covid-19 in our province’s long-term care system,” Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.

Apart from the resident of Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa, yesterday morning, an 80-year-old woman passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, where she had been in isolation since being admitted to the hospital on March 16. She was a resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek.

Durham Covid-19 cases rise to 37

Durham Health said it is currently monitoring 37 positive cases of Covid-19 in Durham Region.

  1. A 36-year old female who tested positive on March 23, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  2. A 28-year old male who tested positive on March 23, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  3. A 42-year-old male who tested positive on March 23, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  4. A 92-year old female who tested positive on March 23, 2020. Sadly, she passed away March 23, 2020.
  5. A 51-year-old male who tested positive March 23, 2020. He is at home on self isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  6. A 56-year-old female who tested positive on March 23, 2020. She is at home on self isolation, where he will remain for the duration of her recovery
  7. A 70-year old male who tested positive on March 22, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  8. A 38-year old male who tested positive on March 22, 2020. He is currently hospitalized at Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering.
  9. A 31-year old male who tested positive on March 22, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  10. A 55-year old male who returned from travel to New York state tested positive on March 20, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  11. A 38-year old female tested positive on March 20, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  12. A 60-year old male tested positive on March 20, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  13. A 41-year old female who returned from travel to New York state on March 14, 2020 tested positive on March 20, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  14. A 75-year old male tested positive on March 20, 2020. He is currently hospitalized at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
  15. A 77-year old female tested positive on March 21, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  16. A 46-year old man who returned from travel to the United States tested positive on March 21, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  17. A 48-year old male tested positive on March 21, 2020. He is currently hospitalized at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
  18. A 48-year old female tested positive on March 21, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  19. A 62-year old female tested positive on March 21, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  20. A 33-year old woman tested positive on March 18, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  21. An 80-year old female resident of Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home tested positive on March 18, 2020. She remains in the home on isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  22. A 68-year old male resident of Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home tested positive on March 18, 2020. He remains in the home on isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  23. A 71-year old male resident of Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home tested positive on March 18, 2020. He remains in the home on isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  24. A 92-year old female resident of Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home tested positive on March 18, 2020. She remains in the home on isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  25. A 55-year old female tested positive on March 19, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  26. A 51-year old female tested positive on March 18, 2020. She is currently hospitalized at Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering.
  27. A 42-year old man tested positive on March 17, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  28. A 63-year old man who returned from travel to Florida on March 15, 2020 tested positive for Covid-19 on March 17, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  29. An 82-year old man tested positive for Covid-19 on March 17, 2020. He is currently hospitalized at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
  30. A 40-year old man returning from travel overseas and the United States on March 1, 2020, tested positive for Covid-19 on March 15, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  31. A 51-year-old woman returned from travel to New York state on March 9, 2020 tested positive for Covid-19 on March 14, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  32. A 25-year-old woman, the daughter of the case above, also returned from travel to New York state on March 9, 2020 and tested positive for Covid-19 on March 14, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  33. A 60-year-old woman who returned from travel overseas on March 9, 2020 tested positive for Covid-19 on March 13, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  34. A 57-year-old male, the husband of the case above, also returned from travel overseas on March 9, 2020 and tested positive for Covid-19 on March 13, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.
  35. A 72-year-old woman who returned from travel overseas on March 8, 2020 tested positive for Covid-19 on March 13, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  36. A 51-year-old woman who returned from travel to Iran on February 22, 2020 tested positive on February 29, 2020. She is at home on self-isolation, where she will remain for the duration of her recovery.
  37. The 69-year-old husband of the case above, also tested positive for Covid-19 on February 29, 2020. He is at home on self-isolation, where he will remain for the duration of his recovery.

Take every precaution

The Health Department continues to urge residents to take every precaution to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of the community, especially those who are most at risk. Social and physical distancing, keeping at least two metres, or six feet away from others, is one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including Covid-19.

It is also strongly recommended that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer even when hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow and encourage others to do the same.
  • Wash your hands after handling nose and throat secretions (e.g. after throwing out used facial tissues).
  • Avoid touching your face and cleaning hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those that are high-touch areas.
  • Do not share water bottles, straws, eating utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, toys or anything else that has been in contact with saliva, nose or throat secretions.
  • If you are ill, stay at home and keep yourself away from others.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
  • If you are ill and must visit a health care provider, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen.
  • Practice physical distancing: do your best to keep at least two metres (six feet) away from others.
  • If you are able, avoid all now-essential activity as recommended and declared by the province of Ontario.
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.
  • If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing severe symptoms, please call 911 immediately.

Area residents are encouraged to get updated information on Covid-19 by regularly reviewing credible sources of information. A list of these sources can be found by visiting durham.ca/novelcoronavirus.

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