Two more cases of COVID-19 have been announced by Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) and the first death has happened due to the virus.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends who have been impacted by this loss of life,” says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Piotr Oglaza. “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, avoid contact with vulnerable individuals, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently.”

The seventh and eighth confirmed cases of the viruses were also announced by the Health Unit today. One came from close contact and the other was the first reported instance of community transmission of the virus.

HPEPH has also added a “probable cases” section on their website. As of March 31st, they reported 234 probable cases in the region.

“At this time, a probable case is considered a person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 who has travelled outside of Canada, has had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, or has had close contact with a person who has an acute respiratory illness and has travelled outside of Canada within 14 days prior to the onset of illness,” they say on their website.