The city’s second COVID-19 death, public health officials say, is an 88-year-old woman who lived at Heritage Green Nursing Home in Stoney Creek.
She died at the nursing home March 30 and was not hospitalized, public health officials said in an emailed statement Thursday.
Medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson confirmed the second death Wednesday evening at the city’s town hall, but did not say the person was a Heritage Green resident.
Hamilton’s first COVID-19 death was 80-year-old Maria Bettencourt, who also lived at Heritage Green. The woman fell ill March 16 after attending St. Joseph’s hospital for a scheduled treatment. Upon returning to the home, she displayed symptoms of COVID-19 and was transferred back to the hospital, where she was put into isolation. On March 24, public health officials announced her death.
As of Tuesday, 17 residents and 10 staff at the nursing home displayed symptoms of COVID-19. Initially the city said it wasn’t going to test all 27 people as it was obvious, in light of four other confirmed cases at the time, what was causing the symptoms.
But under new directives issued by the province, the city will now test every individual in a long-term care home who is symptomatic.
More to come.