BREAKING NEWS (Updated) – Niagara Health Reports First Death of a COVID-19 Patient in our Niagara Region

“It is my unfortunate duty to report that a patient being treated at Niagara Health for COVID-19 passed away earlier today.”       – Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero

News from Niagara Health, Niagara, Ontario’s amalgamated system of hospitals

Posted March 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

The following statement, from Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero came in just before 7 p.m. this March 24th and, I must admit, my fingers are shaking a little as I key in these words.

This is all of the information we have about this death so far, but all of our hearts should go out to members of this person’s family and to those who loved and cared about this person.

My fear is that this is just the first news of this nature that we are going to receive in our Niagara region in the days, weeks and possibly the next number of months ahead.

Please heed all of the urges from health experts to stay home and stay safe)

A Statement from Niagara Health President Lynn Guerriero –

It is my unfortunate duty to report that a patient being treated at Niagara Health for COVID-19 passed away earlier today. On behalf of the hospital, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones at this extremely sad time. We all mourn this loss as a community, and this passing reinforces Niagara Health’s commitment to continue providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care.

Niagara Health has been planning for the arrival of COVID-19 in our community for months. We have a comprehensive plan in place to support the safety, health and well-being of our patients. We will continue to work with our experts and our regional, provincial and federal healthcare partners to make evidence-based decisions to ensure the hospital remains as safe as possible over the course of this pandemic.

A Brief Update from Niagara At Large – Since this news was posted March 24th, Niagara At Large has learned that the person who died was an 84-year-old resident of Grafton Gage Village, a retirement and long-term care home in St. Catharines/Niagara.

The person was admitted to hospital more than a week ago where a test confirmed that he had the coronavirus. He had apparently been infected by a relative wh had recently been in Europe.

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