“First and foremost, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family of the resident who has passed away today. This is Ottawa’s first death related to COVID-19, and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

Although most residents are making efforts to flatten the curve, this serves as a sad and important reminder to us all of the severity of the situation we are facing.

I encourage residents to continue to wash their hands regularly, to respect social distancing guidelines, limit trips outside the house to essential ones, and to check in virtually on family, friends and neighbours. We must all do our part to help save lives in our community.”