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

York Region’s medical officer of health says a 72-year-old Markham woman is the first person in the area to die from COVID-19 since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Dr. Karim Kurji said the woman returned from international travel on Saturday and died a short time later. He said she collapsed at her son’s home in Toronto after returning from Los Angeles. She had previously visited France and Tahiti.

“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,” Kurji said in a statement while extending condolences to the woman’s family.

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

As of Sunday, there were 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in York Region. Across Ontario, there were a total of 425 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon.

Before the announcement by York Region Sunday afternoon, the province said there were three deaths connected to COVID-19. Toronto Public Health also reported Sunday afternoon that a Toronto man died from COVID-19.

More to come.

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