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First COVID-19 death in Hastings Prince Edward due to transmission in community

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has received lab confirmation of an eighth local case of COVID-19 that has resulted in the death of the affected individual. As of Wednesday morning, there were 13 confirmed cases and more than 250 probable cases.

This is the first instance of lab-confirmed COVID-19 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties acquired through transmission within the community, rather than through travel or close contact with a confirmed case, as with previous local cases.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends who have been impacted by this loss of life,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. “This reinforces the reality of COVID-19 in our community and I urge individuals to do everything they can to prevent its spread, recognizing that many are at higher risk from the virus. Stay home, avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, practise physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently.”

Assessment is available to anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19, and testing is available to those who qualify. To date, hundreds of tests have been collected from residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties and sent to the Public Health Ontario Laboratory.

Testing is currently being prioritized to ensure those who need the tests most receive appropriate care. Our partners in Ontario Health are leading the development of local assessment centres.

Lab-confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 both receive the same direction: self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days – including from others in your home – monitor symptoms, keep HPEPH apprised of any changes in health or symptoms, and wear a mask if you must leave home to seek medical attention.

Visit the HPEPH website, hpePublicHealth.ca for current information and answers to many questions about COVID-19. Individuals who still have questions can call the COVID-19 information line at 613-966-5500, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm and weekends from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

 

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