A Brampton healthcare worker, who likely acquired COVID-19 from community spread, died from the virus, Region of Peel confirmed on Thursday.
According to Region of Peel, an investigation reveals it is likely the man, in his 50s, did not contract the virus at work.
The man was a long-time Environmental Services Associate at Brampton Civic Hospital and had been in intensive care at Brampton Civic Hospital.
“Every loss of life to COVID-19 is tragic. On behalf of the Region of Peel, I extend our deepest condolences to his family both at home and at work,” Dr. Lawrence Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel said.
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“He played an important role in keeping the health care system working and we mourn his loss.”
Region of Peel emphasized that community spread can be reduced by taking strong personal measures to “protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.”
Residents are reminded to stay home and only leave the house once a week for essentials like groceries, medicines and medical appointments. Daily exercise should be done alone, with one family member, or to exercise a pet.
Also, residents over the age of 70 should stay home and go out for solo exercise or essential needs. Where possible, get help from family and social supports as much as possible for essential needs. This also applies if you have a medical condition or a compromised immune system.
William Osler Health System also shared condolences on the man’s passing.
“The William sled Health System is deeply saddened to announce the passing of a member of the Osler family, related to COVID-19,” the statement said.
“Our entire organization is devastated by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”
Today we announced the tragic passing of a member of staff with COVID-19. Our deepest condolences go out to the family at this time.
Please see our statement: https://t.co/kkm8sfxVfz
— William Osler Health System (@OslerHealth) April 9, 2020
As of April 9, there are 5,759 total cases with 200 reported deaths.
According to the province’s data projections, Ontario could see as many as 1,600 deaths by the end of the month, with an upward of 80,000 cases.