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Ottawa reports first death related to COVID-19

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is offering condolences to the man's family and adds that his passing "serves as a sad and important reminder to us all of the severity of the situation we are facing."
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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.

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."

As of Wednesday morning, Ottawa had 27 confirm cases of COVID-19.




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