Coronavirus: St. Catharines man is Niagara’s first COVID-19-connected death

The first COVID-19-related death has been reported in Ontario’s Niagara region, according to Niagara Health.

The agency says the deceased, a man in his 80s, was a patient at the St. Catharines hospital on Fourth Avenue.

The man contracted the affliction through close contact with someone carrying the virus, they said. No further details have been released.

“On behalf of the hospital, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the patient’s family and loved ones at this extremely sad time,” Niagara Health president Lynn Guerriero said in a statement.

According to a spokesperson at Ina Grafton Gage Village Retirement home on Linwell Road, the deceased was a resident there.

“On behalf of Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, we extend our sincere condolences to our former resident’s family and loved ones re the loss of their father,” said Patrick O’Neill, the centre’s chief executive.

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