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Man wants others to understand seriousness of COVID-19 after losing father to virus

An older photo of John Fox, pictured right.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Ron Fox
April 11, 2020 - 2:48 PM

After losing his father to COVID-19, a Maple Ridge man wants to ensure that the public is taking this pandemic seriously.

‘Yesterday my daughter Madison Fox was at work. A customer was talking to her and told her 'this whole corona thing is blown up out of proportion,’" he wrote in a verified Facebook post.

“When I worked last week I heard the same thing a number of times. Also ’don't worry I don't have it,’” he wrote.

Fox’s father John Fox was 73 with no underlying health conditions and was admitted to Ridge Meadows Hospital on March 22 after he had a fever and difficulties breathing, he said in the Facebook post.

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After being transferred to Abbotsford Regional Hospital and placed in intensive care, he died April 6, according to the post.

“This is real. This can happen to anyone. This is not exaggerated. This can happen to someone you know or love,” he wrote.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry urged people to avoid travelling to prevent the spread of the virus during the long weekend this morning.

With 35 new cases in B.C. reported today the total number of cases has reached 1,445. Henry said 905 people have recovered. There have been three new deaths in the province, bringing the total up to 58, as of April 11.

READ MORE: Provincial health officer tells people to stay home on long weekend

“We have been providing messages for the need to stay home. This is not the time to go travelling,” she said. “I sincerely hope that most people have avoided any unnecessary travel.”


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