London Ont., has lost its second health-care worker due to COVID-19.
Sister Margo Ritchie with Sisters of St. Joseph said Thursday the personal support worker was part of their team for 16 years.
“She was a wonderful employee… One of her great gifts besides her skill was her warmth… she was well-loved here.”
The worker’s name and age are not released publicly for privacy reasons.
“It was a shock, and you can feel the sadness in the house right now,” said Ritchie.
Ritchie says she’s been in touch with the worker’s family and they are planning a funeral.
Once the pandemic passes, Ritchie says Sisters of St. Joseph will “do something” to commemorate the worker.
London lost its first health-care worker earlier this week — it was also a first for the province of Ontario.
Brian Beattie worked as a nurse at Kensington Village, a long-term care facility in London.
Public health confirmed the COVID-19 outbreak at Kensington Place on April 3. A COVID-19 outbreak was declared on April 17 at Sisters of St. Joseph.
Locally in London-Middlesex as of Thursday, there are 463 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, which includes 46 deaths and 316 resolved cases.