Lindsay man, 80s, succumbs to COVID-19; sixth death in Ontario

No travel history and no known contact with anyone, confirmed to have COVID-19

A Lindsay man, with no travel history and no known contact with anyone, confirmed to have COVID-19, has died of the virus.

He was admitted to hospital March 19 with a high fever and flu-like symptoms. Two days later, tests confirmed he was positive for COVID-19. He died Sunday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, this man’s tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area,” said Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Dr. Noseworthy says this means it’s more important than ever that everyone works together to protect themselves and others against the spread of the virus. Everyone is urged to follow the public health recommendations for self-isolation if someone is ill; self-isolating if they have returned from travel recently, washing their hands frequently and thoroughly and covering coughs and sneezes.  As well, everyone is urged to practice social distancing which includes staying home if possible, staying at least two metres from others, limiting time out for necessary purchases and avoiding public settings.