March 24: Hamilton Public Health confirms first death related to COVID-19

This post contains a press release (dated March 24, 2020) from Hamilton Public Health regarding the first confirmed death due to COVID-19.

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Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Hamilton Public Health has released information regarding the first confirmed death related to the COVID-19 virus in Hamilton.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hamilton Public Health confirms first death related to COVID-19

The original press release from Hamilton Public Health can be found here.

HAMILTON, ON – Hamilton Public Health has been notified of a death related to COVID-19.  The individual, an 80-year-old female resident of Heritage Green Nursing Home, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital this morning. She had been in isolation at the hospital since March 16.

As of noon today, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton.  The City of Hamilton is hosting a virtual media briefing today at 3:30pm and will be available to answer questions at that time.

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I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the woman who passed away.  Unfortunately, this tragic news highlights why we need to take this virus very seriously and continue to take collective actions to stay at home and stay safe. – Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health

On behalf of all of us at St. Joe’s, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to our patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time. We have spent the past many weeks and months preparing for COVID-19 and continue to take strong measures to protect our patients, our healthcare workers and the community. – Melissa Farrell, President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Our Heritage Green family is very sad to learn of this passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones at this time.  We continue to do everything within our control to contain the virus and prevent the spread in our nursing home. – Scott Kozachenko, Administrator, Heritage Green Nursing Home

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