Peterborough Public Health Reports First Local Death Related to COVID-19

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Peterborough Public Health extends condolences to the family of a deceased man his late 60s who passed away at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Sunday, April 12 due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased resident acquired COVID-19 through a travel exposure, and represents the area’s first death related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Losing a loved one is among the most tragic things anyone can experience, and our thoughts go out to this resident’s family and friends at this difficult time,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health at Peterborough Public Health.
“This tragic passing in our community reminds all of us that we must take decisive action to stay home as much as possible,” continued Dr. Salvaterra. “By doing so, we will reduce the risk of transmission to those in our community who are vulnerable and slow the spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”
“On behalf of our entire team at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the patient’s family at this difficult time,” said Dr. Peter McLaughlin, President & CEO of PRHC. “The healthcare professionals at PRHC provide care for patients with respiratory illness every day, and they have the training and knowledge necessary to care for patients with COVID-19. These are extraordinary times for our community, our country and the world. We will continue to take strong measures at PRHC to protect our patients, staff and community. Please continue to be safe, be calm and be kind to each other. We are in this together.”

Physical distancing remains critical to reducing in-person interactions and keeping ourselves and each other safe during this unprecedented time. Peterborough Public Health reminds residents to stay home if sick or returning to Canada from abroad for 14 days. We also ask people not to travel to their cottages or secondary residences which could increase the spread the virus to smaller communities. It is strongly recommended that residents stay home as much as possible, only making trips for essential reasons such as groceries, medications, healthcare, or exercise alone, with a pet or with someone from their household.

People with health-related questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to call Peterborough Public Health at 705-743- 1000 or email . Residents can also take the online self-assessment available at