BREAKING NEWS – Niagara, Ontario Now Has a Second Reported Death of a COVID-19 Patient in the Region

Number of confirmed cases of Niagara residents with Coronavirus has more than doubled in two days

A News Brief by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted March 30th, 2020

Niagara, Ontario – At 6:18 p.m. this March 30th, Niagara Health, the region’s amalgamated system of hospitals, reported Niagara’s second death from COVID-19 – the second death of a patient with the virus that the Niagara hospital system has reported here in the last six days.

The age and gender of the second person has not yet been disclosed, and Niagara At Large will provide updates when more information is available.

For the moment, here is the statement released this March 30th by Niagara Health –

“Niagara Health is saddened to report the second death late yesterday afternoon of a patient being treated at our St. Catharines Site for COVID-19. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the patient’s loved ones as they deal with this terrible loss. 

Niagara Health reminds the community of the seriousness of this pandemic and encourages everyone to follow the directions of regional, provincial and federal healthcare experts. You can help limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying home if you can, practicing physical distancing and washing your hands regularly.

Our team is working to its fullest capacity to maintain a quality and safe patient environment during these unprecedented times.”

The first coronavirus-related death in Niagara occurred on March 24th and was that of an 84-year-old man who resided at Grafton Gage Village, a retirement and long-term-care facility in St. Catharines. He reportedly was infested with the virus after coming into contact with a relative who had recently returned from a trip to Europe.

Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Niagara Region’s Medical Officer of Health (acting)

News of the second death in Niagara comes as Niagara Region’s acting Medical Health Officer Dr. Mustafa Hirji reported that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Niagara, Ontario has jumped from 14 this past Saturday, March 28th, to 21 on Sunday, March 29th to 34 this Monday, March 30th.

When the first few cases in Niagara were confirmed earlier this March, they were all traced back to people who had travelled to other countries. According to Niagara Region’s Health Department, more than 20 of the 34 cases confirmed to date are related to travel outside the country.

Other confirmed cases are still being investigated for their origin, but Dr. Hirji warned at a recent meeting of Niagara’s regional council that it was “just a matter of time” before the region experiences cases transmitted from one person in the community to others.

That is all the more reason why everyone in Niagara should heed the warnings of health experts to stay at home as much as possible, to wash hands possible, and to practice social distancing by remaining at least six metres away from other persons when it is absolutely necessary to leave home to pick up food, pharmaceuticals and other essential items.

Shortly after Niagara Health circulated the news release about the second death, it followed up by sending out the following information –

“We understand the community’s concern with COVID-19 and its impact on the Niagara region. Beginning Monday, March 30, we will publicly report on the patient activity and testing taking place at Niagara Health related to COVID-19.

This data will be updated daily at 4 p.m.:  https://www.niagarahealth.on.ca/site/covid-19-case-reporting

We ask for your understanding with the reporting of patients who pass away. These updates will be made as soon as possible noting our priority is to first notify family and loved ones.’

Niagara Health reminds the community of the seriousness of this pandemic and encourages everyone to follow the directions of regional, provincial and federal healthcare experts. You can help limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying home if you can, practicing physical distancing and washing your hands regularly.”

Niagara At Large urges all of you to please take this pandemic seriously, and for the sake of yourselves, your family and friends, and everyone else in the community, take every precaution possible to isolate yourselves and to prevent contracting this killer virus.

Stay home, stay strong and stay safe!

To read a piece Niagara At Large posted on March 24th about the first COVID-19-related death in Niagara, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/03/24/breaking-news-niagara-health-reports-first-death-of-a-covid-19-patient-in-our-niagara-region/

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