Hamilton confirms first COVID-19 related death

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An elderly Hamilton resident has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

On March 24, Hamilton Public Health said an 80-year-old woman, who was a resident at the Heritage Green Nursing Home, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Tuesday morning.

She had been in isolation at the hospital since March 16. 

“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,” said Melissa Farrell, President, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, in a statement. 

As of noon today, there are 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton. 

“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,” said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Medical Officer of Health, in a statement. 

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