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Second COVID-19 related death occurs in York Region

A woman in Vaughan in her 80s died yesterday

A woman in Vaughan in her 80s is York Region's second COVID-19 related death.

The woman died yesterday, March 26. 

In a statement today extending condolences, York Region chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson urged residents to follow the safety measures advocated by health officials to halt the spread of COVID-19.

"Now more than ever it is critical for residents to follow the advice of public health professionals. Stay home as much as possible, maintain physical and social distance and practice good hand hygiene," he said. "Everyone has a responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19. If we all do our part we will get through this.”

York Region's first COVID-19 related death was a 72-year-old Markham woman who died March 21 hours after she returned home from travel in Tahiti and France via Los Angeles.

York Region public health has yet to provide an update of confirmed cases for today.

Additional COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Newmarket, Aurora and King yesterday, as the region's total cases surged to 137 following the return of March break travellers.