A Waterloo region child under the age of 10 who had COVID-19 has died, the region’s medical officer of health says.
In a media briefing Friday morning, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said the child had underlying conditions.
“This is a rare but tragic circumstance and a devastating reminder of the serious nature of this virus,” Wang told reporters.
There were no school related or child-care related exposures in this case, she said.
This is the region’s first COVID-related death in someone under the age of 10.
Premier, health minister, mayor send condolences
Christine Elliott, Ontario’s minister of health, tweeted that the death was “a heartbreaking loss.”
“This is a devastating reminder of the consequences of #COVID19. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this unimaginable time,” her tweet continued.
Premier Doug Ford also tweeted about the death.
“Absolutely gut-wrenching. My prayers are with the family at this excruciatingly difficult time. This virus knows no bounds,” his tweet said.
“It’s why we need every eligible Ontarian to get vaccinated — to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and those who can’t yet get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
Wang would not comment on whether the family of the child was vaccinated or not.
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic also tweeted his condolences, saying he was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“On behalf of everyone in the [City of Kitchener] our heartfelt sympathy & condolences to this child’s parents, family & friends. This virus is real. Pls get vaccinated!”