Second death in Ontario related to COVID-19 has been confirmed by Health officials in Halton Region.
According to the officials’ statement released on Thursday afternoon, “The patient, a man in his 50s, had an “underlying health condition.” He was admitted in the Oakville, Ont. hospital.
“This is the tragic proof that we need to work together as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and taking action to protect yourself and those around you,” Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani said.
“This is a larger community issue and I know that everyone joins me in extending their deepest condolences to his family at this time.”
As the new patients were confirmed, officials stated that nearly 4,000 people are currently under investigation for the virus and more than 12,000 people in Ontario have tested negative thus far.
“We have asked for the assistance of the coroner’s office to do a complete examination and investigation to determine whether this person died because of COVID or with COVID,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
The new cases announced on Thursday morning include eight people in Toronto, three in Peel Region, two in Hamilton, two in Halton Region, and one in Eastern Ontario, Durham Region, Waterloo and Haliburton Kawartha.
Health officials said “most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover one their own,” but added that “if you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.”