Region reports first COVID-related death in fully immune woman

Area Deputy Medical Officer of Health Stresses Death is Very Rare Outcome in Fully Immune People

Waterloo Region Public Health and Emergency Services have reported the first death from COVID-19 in a fully immunized elderly woman.

A woman in her 90s from public health said the person resided at The Village of Winston Park long-term care facility in Kitchener. The facility is currently experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, which Waterloo Region Deputy Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rabia Bana says is linked to the continued spread of the delta variant in our community.

“We have confirmation of at least one case at this point that is a delta variant,” Bana said. “Given the circulation of the delta variant in our community, we would expect other cases associated with the outbreak to likely be delta variant cases as well.”

According to Schlegel Villages, the company that runs the village of Winston Park, this person had tested positive for the virus, although he was showing only mild symptoms. Expressing condolences to loved ones and team members facing the loss, the company said tests are currently underway at the facility.

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of this individual at this sad time,” said Bana, adding that the death “is a tragic reminder of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking to families and the community. “.

Speaking about the on-going vaccination efforts in the area, Bana said it was important that residents continue to “remain vigilant” in the application of public health measures and in vaccination, especially as we continue to make progress towards the gradual and safe reopening of the province. Noting that death is a “very rare outcome in fully immunized individuals,” Bana said that full vaccination against COVID-19 has been shown to be very effective not only in reducing the burden of disease, but also in “preventing the disease. severity of illness, prevent hospitalization and prevent illness. “

“Like any other intervention, it’s not 100%. However, it’s extremely effective,” Bana said. “The outcome of death is extremely rare in individuals who are fully immunized, and the immune response also depends on a number of other factors such as an individual’s state of health, other co-morbidities. he may be, age and factors such as these. “

“Vaccines as well as public health measures are still our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant which is circulating in our community”,

Public Health is currently working with the facility to manage the epidemic and prevent the spread of the virus. Residents of long-term care homes are more vulnerable to the serious consequences of the COVID-19 virus.

“I know our community has really come together and worked really hard. It’s time to keep doing some of this work…” said Bana. “… making sure to maintain a physical distance, to wear a mask, to gather only with our households … or if we choose to reunite with others, then to make sure that we come together at the same time. ‘outside and have those protective measures take place – and of course, get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to us. “

“These things – if we can keep going with these a little longer, we can build this protection against the virus in the community and hopefully evolve into a more normal situation.” “

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