Retired professor dies from COVID-19 in Kingston, marking first death in region

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Last Updated on January 12, 2021 by YGK News Staff

Update: Robert Pike, a retired Queen’s University professor and grandfather has been confirmed to have died on January 9th, 2021. Pike’s loss is the first to have been linked to COVID-19 in the Kingston region.

KFL&A Public Health has announced that a man in his 80s has died from COVID-19. The death was confirmed via a lab confirmation. This marks the first COVID-19 death in the KFL&A region.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the individual who died today,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “This reinforces the reality of COVID-19 in our community and I urge individuals to do everything they can to prevent its spread, recognizing that many are at higher risk from the virus. Stay home as much as possible, avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, and practise physical distancing.”

As of Sunday morning, KFL&A has 53 active cases of COVID-19. Dr. Moore notes that this is a rising trend following the holiday season. Public health recommends that if you self-isolate is you believe that you are developing COVID-19 symptoms. Use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool or contact your health care provider to see if you need to seek further care.

KFL&A Public Health reminds the public that the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Beechgrove Complex and Lennox & Addington County General Westdale Campus are available to anyone who believes they have been exposed to the virus, and testing is available by appointment only. 

“In these stressful times, it is important that we remember that we are all in this together.  We all have a role to play to protect others and to decrease the impact of COVID-19 on our health care system.” Says KFL&A Public Health.

On January 10th, 3,945 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario. This brings the total active cases in Ontario to 30,000.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 215,782 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 180,720 recoveries and 4,983 deaths, of which 2,990 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

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