Published Sunday, April 25, 2021 11:38PM EDT
On Sunday evening, Mayor Patrick Brown tweeted his condolences to the family of Emily Victoria Viegas.
"This is beyond heart wrenching. As a parent, I am lost for words. Horrifying," Brown said.
"We can never underestimate the seriousness of #covid19 and the variants."
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board confirmed Sunday the death of one of its students but did not release their identity.
"This is a loss to the entire DPCDSB community. At this time, we are focusing on supporting staff and students and respecting the privacy of the grieving family," the board said in a statement.
Carlos Viegas, the girl's father, told the Globe and Mail on Sunday that his daughter died on April 22 after she tested positive for COVID-19. His wife and his other child also contracted the virus. Carlos was the only who tested negative.
His wife is currently in the hospital battling the virus.
According to the Globe, the family lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Brampton.
Peel Region has been hit hard throughout the pandemic, especially in Brampton, where many essential workers live. The city's test positivity rate is at 22.2 per cent.
Of the 24 new deaths reported by the province on Sunday, one person was under the age of 19, bringing the total number of people in that age group to die from COVID-19 to three.