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Coronavirus: Montreal long-term care employee dies from COVID-19

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Another Montreal long-term care employee has died after contracting COVID-19, confirmed the CIUSSS of Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal on Sunday.

The man in his 40s died Thursday, said Racha-Michèle Asso, media relations officer for the CIUSSS, adding that his family has decided not to identify him publicly.

He had worked for five years as a beneficiary at the Montreal Chinese Hospital, a long-term care hospital in downtown Montreal. From the beginning of the health crisis he began volunteering in care homes to help the province grapple with the crisis.

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“He contracted the virus while he was helping out at (a care) centre,” said Asso.

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He had been fighting for his life in intensive care for five weeks, adds the director of human resources and communications of the CIUSSS, Marie-Claude Lévesque.

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Colleagues learned the sad news Friday evening.

“He was very much appreciated. He was always smiling, devoted. He raised his hand to help,” Lévesque said. “This (is a harsh reminder) that we must all more than ever continue to be vigilant.”

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