Public Health has announced its first death related to the novel coronavirus in Guelph, Ont., after an individual in their 80s died.
It was announced on Thursday by the medical officer of health, Dr. Nicola Mercer, who offered sympathies on behalf of Public Health to the family and friends of the deceased.
“I am sorry we have such a tragic reminder of how dangerous COVID-19 is,” Mercer said in a statement.
She is urging residents to continue to practise social distancing and stay home.
Out of respect for the family, Public Health did not release any information about the individual who died.
As of Thursday afternoon, Guelph was reporting 27 positive cases of COVID-19.
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