Statement from St. Mary’s General Hospital President Lee Fairclough: First COVID-19 related death in the Region of Waterloo

March 31st, 2020

On March 31, 2020, a patient being treated at St. Mary’s General Hospital for COVID-19, passed away. On behalf of all of us at St. Mary’s, I would like to send our sincere condolences to our patient’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

As a regional referral centre for specialized care of respiratory and thoracic diseases, we anticipated we would be caring for a number of COVID-19 patients at our hospital. Together we have spent months preparing for COVID-19, learning from elsewhere in the world, and continuing to take strong measures to protect our patients, health care workers and community.

I want to thank our staff and physicians for continuing to provide compassionate care to our patients. We also want to thank our community for supporting us. We are all in this together.

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