'Absolutely gut-wrenching:' Waterloo Region child under the age of 10 dies after contracting COVID-19
Published Friday, September 17, 2021 12:29PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 17, 2021 12:51PM EDT
A Waterloo Region child under the age of 10 has died after contracting COVID-19.
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, who serves as the medical officer of health for Waterloo Region, shared the news during a briefing on Friday.
She said that the child had underlying health conditions but did not provide any further information, other than to say that there were no “school-related or childcare-related exposures.”
"This is a heartbreaking loss and I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones," she said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic there have only been five deaths reported in individuals under the age of 19 and Wang said that she was “not aware” of any other fatalities involving younger individuals in Ontario.
In a message posted to Twitter, Premier Doug Ford called the loss of someone so young “absolutely gut-wrenching.”
“My prayers are with the family at this excruciatingly difficult time,” he said. “This virus knows no bounds. 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.”
With files from CTV News Kitchener