‘It’s sad news’: Teenage patient dies from COVID-19 at Montreal hospital

A 16-year-old patient has died from COVID-19 at a Montreal hospital.

Ste-Justine Hospital, which treats children and teenagers, confirmed the death Wednesday in a statement, but did not specify when it occurred.

A spokesperson said the hospital could not provide more details and the law prohibits it from “giving out any information that could lead to the identification of a person or concerning a person’s medical file.”

“In general, people who die at a young age from COVID-19 are generally people who had significant co-morbidities,” the spokesperson said.

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Dr. Mylène Drouin, director of Montreal public health, also said that she could not comment directly on the case but she offered her condolences to the teen’s loved ones.

“It’s sad news and I want to offer my sympathies to the family,” she said.

Drouin also stressed that public health measures in schools — such as mandatory masks, physical distancing and aggressive screening for variants — are helping to mitigate the impact of the virus on children.

“I would say to parents that schools are secure,” she said.

The majority of Quebec’s pandemic-related deaths have been among the elderly. The latest data shows that fatalities attributed to COVID-19 among those 70 and older account for more than 90 per cent of the death toll.

The health crisis has killed 10,709 people in the province over the past 13 months.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Quebec’s health ministry said she could not provide information about the teenager’s death.

“Our hearts go out to family and loved ones,” Noémie Vanheuverzwijn said.

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