GTA nurse dies after contracting COVID-19
In this April 28, 2020, file photo, nurse practitioner talks to a patient and holds her hand while a doctor administers an IV at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
Published Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:13PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:40PM EDT
A nurse in the Greater Toronto Area has died after contracting COVID-19, the Ontario Registered Practical Nurse's Association of Ontario (WeRPN) says.
The female nurse worked in health care for over 13 years and worked as a member of clinical resource and mental health teams in an acute care setting.
WeRPN told CTV News it has “no knowledge of how she contracted the virus.”
“This RPN was a passionate nurse who was dedicated to always going above and beyond to deliver the best care possible,” WeRPN said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The nurse has not been identified.
It is unknown if she received a COVID-19 vaccine.
WeRPN CEO Dianne Martin told CTV News that she did not know the nurse personally but that all of her colleagues are deeply saddened by her death.
"It's only, that we know of, the second RPN that we've lost but this condition has gone on, this pandemic has gone on so long that the profound sadness and sense of loss is what most people feel and certainly that's what these nurses are feeling," she said.
The association said the nurse was described as “a bright light who left a lasting impression on all those she worked with.”
“Throughout the pandemic, she was a trusted resource and support to both her colleagues and patients,” WeRPN said.
“This RPN’s untimely death is a tragic loss for Ontario’s nursing community and a terrible reminder of the devastating impacts of COVID-19.”
To date, there have been 7,475 virus-related deaths in Ontario.