Public health update shows Wellington County now has two COVID-19 deaths

Total confirmed cases of virus across the WDGPH region approaching 200

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The latest public health data shows there are now two COVID-19 deaths in Wellington County.

Updated on April 19 just before 11am, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Heath (WDGPH) status report shows there are 28 confirmed cases in the county, nine resolved cases and two deaths.

Previous WDGPH reports showed just one death: 74-year-old Larry Nolan of Mount Forest, who died on April 5.

Public health officials were not immediately available for comment on the second death, which is the 12th fatal COVID-19 case reported to date by WDGPH.

There are five deaths in Dufferin County and five in Guelph.

Across the region there are now 198 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 51 resolved cases.

Institutional outbreaks remain by far the leading cause of known acquisition, though public health officials have not determined a source of contraction for the vast majority of local cases.

Wellington County has the lowest rate of confirmed cases in the region – 2.9 cases per 10,000 people – much lower than Guelph (6.0) and Duffering County (9.7).

Almost half of the county’s confirmed cases (13) are over 60 years old, including one over 80. There are 10 cases in those aged 40 to 59, four cases for the 20 to 39 age group, and one in the under 20 category.

The latest public health update, dated April 19 at about 11am, shows there are 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wellington County, as well as two deaths and nine resolved cases. (Image: