Toronto Public Health has confirmed that the first COVID-19 death in the city was reported this weekend. The man was in his 70s and he passed away on March 21 after battling with the virus at Trillium Health Partners Mississauga Hospital. The Toronto COVID-19 death is the first fatality of the 220 confirmed cases in the city. According to a news release from Toronto Public Health, the man had travelled to the U.K before contracting the virus.
Once showing symptoms, the man got tested at a Toronto hospital before he went into self-isolation at home.
He later arrived at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga for further treatment on March 14, where he stayed until he passed away on March 21. "On behalf of our entire hospital, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones at this time," read a statement from Trillium Health Partners. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa also took the opportunity to share condolences with the family. "Today is a very sad day for us and especially the family and loved ones of the man who passed away," she wrote in a statement."We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who died this weekend. I'm asking everyone again to make every effort and take every opportunity to practice social distancing. Please stay home, stay safe and take care of each other."
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Residents are still being highly encouraged to limit their social interactions as the spread of the virus continues. According to CP24, Dr. Eileen de Villa is "confident" that Toronto is seeing community transmission happening. Cases are ramping up across the province, with thousands of people still awaiting test results.
According to Ontario's website, there are currently 412 confirmed positive cases in the entire province as of Monday morning. More than 8,000 are currently under investigation with test results pending, and there have been 8 recoveries.
Provincial chief medical officer of health David Williams has said that we could expect to see 60 cases a day as March Break comes to an end.
Trillium Health Partners adds that "these are extraordinary times for our community and country. The hospital is continually taking strong measures to protect our patients, people and the community. By continuing to work together, we will flatten the curve."