May 12, 2020 8:23 P.M.
The union representing registered nurses across the province mourning one of their own.
The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) announced Tuesday evening that Brian Beattie, a registered nurse in the village of Kensington in London, died of COVID-19.
ONA President Vicki McKenna said Beattie was a registered and well-respected nurse in her field.
“He was the definition of dedication and he viewed his colleagues and residents as his” other family “,” she said in a statement. “He liked the work he was doing and he also advocated that his colleagues have personal protective equipment to keep them and the residents safe. He will be sadly missed by his colleagues and the residents he cared for. “
The ONA has said it will provide support to colleagues and staff who have worked with Beattie. The Ministry of Labor was also called to investigate the death and the ONA said it would cooperate throughout the process.
“While there will be a lot of talk about pandemic preparedness and the protection of nurses and health care workers in Ontario, this is not the time to speculate,” said McKenna. “ONA will not be commenting at this time. “
Official NDP Leader of the Opposition Andrea Horwath also expressed condolences to Beattie’s friends and family on Tuesday evening.
“I also extend my condolences to the residents and staff of the village of Kensington, as well as to all of the nurses in Ontario, who I know will deeply feel this loss,” said Horwath in a statement. “It is an incredibly difficult time to lose a loved one – a time when people cannot come together to cry, remember and support each other during their grief. May our province never forget the health heroes who tragically lost their lives during this pandemic. “
As of Tuesday afternoon, London-Middlesex had 458 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 303 of which have now been resolved. A total of 45 people died in the region due to the virus.