A man in his 90s with no travel history is the first person to die from COVID-19 in Ottawa.
Ottawa Public Health issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon, saying the man had been living at home and had developed a fever on March 15.
On March 20, he was seen in the emergency department of The Ottawa Hospital and admitted.
Five days after his hospital admission, the man died.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Ottawa Public Health has been notified of a death related to COVID-19. The individual, a man in his 90s, was living at home.— Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) March 25, 2020
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Ottawa Public Health is not releasing any other information on the man's case.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson issued a statement Wednesday evening, offering condolences to the man's family and again urging city residents to do their part in the face of the pandemic, saying the man's passing "serves as a sad and important reminder to us all of the severity of the situation we are facing."
My statement following the first death related to COVID-19 in Ottawa.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) March 25, 2020
Ma déclaration suivant le premier décès attribué à la COVID-19 à Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/8Akz1WGvpB
As of Wednesday morning, Ottawa had 27 confirm cases of COVID-19.