“KFL & A Public Health has received laboratory confirmation of the first COVID-19-related death in the KFL & A region,” the public health agency said in a press release.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased today,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL & A Public Health.
“This reinforces the reality of COVID-19 in our community and I urge individuals to do all they can to prevent its spread, recognizing that many are at greater risk from the virus. Stay at home as much as possible, avoid contact with vulnerable people, and practice physical distancing.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients in the KFL & A region continues to rise after the holiday season with 53 cases, as of Sunday morning. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has it, KFL & A Public Health strongly recommends that you self-isolate and then use the Self-Assessment Tool. Ontario or contact your health care provider to see if you need additional care.
The COVID-19 Assessment Center at the Beechgrove Complex and Westdale General Campus in Lennox and Addington County is accessible to anyone who believes they have been exposed to the virus, and testing is available by appointment only.
“In these stressful times, it’s important that we remember that we’re all in the same boat,” KFL & A Public Health said. “We all have a role to play in protecting others and reducing the impact of COVID-19 on our healthcare system. Now is the time to practice physical distancing by staying at home, not visiting others, staying 2 meters from others, washing your hands often, and isolating yourself if necessary.