BREAKING: Peel Public Health reports Brampton's first COVID-19 related death

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Peel Public Health has been notified of the first COVID-19 related death in the Region of Peel.

The individual, a Brampton man in his 70s, had underlying health conditions and was being treated at William Osler Health System in Brampton.

"Any loss of life is certainly tragic, but especially so in the midst of these difficult times. Peel Public Health extends our deepest condolences to the family," said Dr. Lawrence Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel.

"While physical distancing remains critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19, this tragic passing reminds us that we must remain socially together and supportive in spirit."

Loh continued by emphasizing the importance of staying at home to help prevent further spread of the virus.

"I call on everyone to strengthen our resolve to collectively slow the spread and save lives. More than ever, residents who are ill should self-isolate at home for fourteen days, and all residents should stay at home as much as possible, only going out for essential reasons." 

Dr. Frank Martino, Interim President and CEO, William Osler Health System said, "We are deeply saddened that a patient with COVID-19 has passed away at Osler's Brampton Civic Hospital, and our thoughts are with the patient's family during this difficult time.”

Osler staff and physicians are working tirelessly and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients, teams, and the community. We are grateful for the continued support and cooperation of our community as we work together to fight the spread of COVID-19," he said.

Peel Public Health reminds every resident of Peel that it is more important than ever to practice physical distancing which means avoiding physical contact and staying a safe distance of two metres or six feet away from other people.

Key steps for physical distancing include staying home as much as possible and leaving only for essential reasons, cancelling group gatherings, avoiding handshaking, crowds and places where people are close together, working from home when possible, choosing virtual get-togethers over in-person ones and self-isolating if unwell, or if having returned to Canada in the last fourteen days.

Residents can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in Peel by visiting peelregion.ca 

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