Coronavirus: Markham woman becomes first York Region resident to die from COVID-19, officials say


York Region’s medical officer of health says a Markham woman in her 70s is the first person in the area to die from COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, it was reported the woman returned from international travel on Saturday and died a short time later. It was released where the woman returned home from.

“This case speaks to the seriousness of the current situation and how as a community we need to continue working together to protect one another,” Dr. Karim Kurji said in a statement while extending condolences to the woman’s family.

READ MORE: Toronto man dies from COVID-19, marks city’s first coronavirus-related death

“We now cannot rule out local transmission in York Region. These unfortunate signals are indications of progression of the virus in our community.”

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As of Sunday, there were 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in York Region. Across Ontario, there were a total of 424 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning.

Before the announcement by York Region Sunday afternoon, the province said there were three deaths connected to COVID-19. Toronto Public Health also reported on Sunday the death of a Toronto.





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