The baby was reportedly healthy at birth.
COVID-19 cases in Quebec have been soaring recently, and hospitalizations in the province are seeing some major jumps. On December 17, CHU Sainte-Justine announced in a press release that an infant less than two months old died of COVID-19 in Montreal this week.
The baby was reportedly healthy at birth but was later hospitalized and put into intensive care because they contracted COVID-19. The child died on Thursday, December 16.
No further information is being provided about this case "because of highly confidential aspects."
"The CHU Sainte-Justine would like to offer its most sincere condolences to the parents and family of the infant," the press release stated.
La grande famille du CHU Sainte-Justine est affect\u00e9e par le d\u00e9c\u00e8s en ses murs d\u2019un nourrisson des suites de la COVID-19. Nous pr\u00e9sentons nos plus sinc\u00e8res condol\u00e9ances aux parents et \u00e0 la famille du nourrisson. https://bit.ly/3sfNp0l\u00a0pic.twitter.com/sNJ7gxaWPH— CHU Sainte-Justine (@CHU Sainte-Justine) 1639779042
Following CHU Sainte-Justine's Facebook announcement, many Quebecers sent messages of support and sympathy for the family.
The hospital ended its press release with important notes to keep in mind. "The CHU Sainte-Justine would like to remind the public that infants are at greater risk of complications related to COVID-19 and that measures must be taken to prevent transmission of the virus."
To avoid transmitting the virus, it is recommended that individuals reduce contact with others, wear a mask, wash hands regularly, respect the two-metre social distance and get vaccinated.
In this same vein, the Collège des médecins du Québec wrote on Twitter, "We can not remain indifferent to this news. It is a reminder of the importance of protecting oneself and others, more than ever..."
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