Region of Waterloo Public Health confirms first death related to COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2020

Waterloo – Region of Waterloo Public Health has received notification of the death of an individual at St. Mary’s General Hospital. This is the first confirmed death related to COVID-19 in the region.

The individual, was a male in his 40s with pre-existing medical conditions. In order to protect privacy, we will not be releasing further specifics regarding this case.

“This is a very sad time for all of us, but especially for the family and loved ones of the man who passed away. I want to express my deepest condolences,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Region of Waterloo’s Acting Medical Officer of Health.

We recognize this is a stressful time for residents. We need to continue working together to further slow the spread of infection. Although groups such as older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are at greater risk, no one is immune to the development of infection, nor the possibility of serious complications and death. 

All residents who are not performing essential or critical services in our community are advised to stay at home, avoid non-essential trips and keep two metres between yourself and others whenever you need to leave your home.

Visit Region of Waterloo’s website for local information

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19

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