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Coronavirus: 3rd death related to COVID-19 reported in Ontario

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Health officials in Ontario have reported a third COVID-19-related death in the province.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit said Saturday that the patient was a man in his 70s who was being treated at a hospital in Barrie and had close contact with an individual who had COVID-19 and died on March 11.

Both of the patients were being treated at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH).

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“Firstly, RVH extends its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased patient. His death is a tragedy and underscores the seriousness of this pandemic,” RVH president and CEO Janice Skot said in a statement.

“I want to further assure our community that RVH remains well-prepared to care for COVID-19 patients, strictly following infection control protocols to keep our patients, healthcare workers and our community safe.”

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Simcoe Muskoka has nine cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, the most recent involving a woman in her late 30s who went to a hospital in Newmarket on March 17.

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Officials said she is in serious condition and it’s believed she may have acquired the infection from community spread.

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Ontario reported 59 new cases of novel coronavirus on Saturday morning.

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