Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed Thursday afternoon that Guelph has lost one of its citizens to COVID-19. This tragic news comes as Ontario closes in on 3,000 cases, and as the number of confirmed fatalities from the pandemic hits 53.
According to a press release from Public Health, the victim is in their 80s. Any other information is being kept confidential out of respect to the family of the deceased.
“I speak on behalf of all of us at WDG Public Health to convey our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in a statement. “I am sorry we have such a tragic reminder of how dangerous COVID-19 is and how much we all need to take measures such as social distancing and staying home while finding other ways to support each other and our communities.”
In a Twitter post, Mayor Cam Guthrie offered his condolences.
“I want to offer on behalf of council and the City our deepest sympathies, and thoughts and prayers,” Guthrie said. “It was someone in their 80s, and if you wonder why I continue to make videos telling you to take physical distancing seriously, this is the reason why. We know this is being transferred from person-to-person contact.”
As of Thursday morning, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is aware of 51 cases of COVID-19 in its coverage area with 27 in Guelph, seven in Wellington County, and 16 in Dufferin County. In the last 48 hours, the health unit has identified 11 new cases, while a total of five are now considered resolved.
According to the World Health Organization, the number of worldwide COVID-19 cases is now over 900,000, and will likely pass the one million mark by day’s end. Over 45,000 people around the globe have died from COVID-19 in 205 countries and territories.