Ontario teen who died of coronavirus worked for cleaning service at Delaware, Ont., LTC home: union

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The teenager who died with the coronavirus in London and Middlesex worked with a cleaning service at a long-term care home, Global News has learned.

Unifor Local 302 said in a statement that 19-year-old Yassin Dabeh was working with a cleaning service that was brought into Middlesex Terrace, a long-term care home in Delaware, Ont., during its COVID-19 outbreak.

Middlesex Terrace is represented by Unifor Local 302, but Dabeh was not a member, the statement said.

His death was reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit on Saturday when three deaths were reported in the region. The other two involved a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s, all of which were associated with a long-term care home.

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According to the MLHU, Dabeh was the youngest person in the region to die of COVID-19.

“This is a very rare occurrence where (someone) recently diagnosed with COVID-19 passes away,” said Dr. Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health with the MLHU.

“When someone who is younger passes away, I think it reminds us (how) tragic this pandemic really is.”

MLHU data indicates a facility wide COVID-19 outbreak was declared at Middlesex Terrace on Dec. 23. There’s no word on how many staff and residents have been infected.

Middlesex Terrace in Delaware, Ont. Morganne Campbell/Global News

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“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Yassin,” said Mary Raithby, the CEO of APANS Health Services, in a statement to Global News.

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APANS Health Services operates five homes across Ontario, one of them being Middlesex Terrace.

The long-term care home’s website indicates it provides “104 long-term care beds and one respite bed to the seniors of local communities.”

Saturday marked the 23rd day in a row the region had reported a COVID-19-related death.

-With files from 980 CFPL’s Sawyer Bogdan

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