“Devastated”: London nurse in long-term care home dies of COVID-19


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A nurse working in a long-term care home in London died of COVID-19, becoming the first in Ontario to die from the virus.

The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) identified the nurse as Brian Beattie, who worked at Kensington Village, a 76-bed facility that first started an outbreak on April 3.

“I am devastated by the loss of Brian, who was a dedicated nurse,” said Vicki McKenna, President of the ONA, in a statement.

“Brian was a valued and respected registered nurse. He was the definition of dedication and he viewed his colleagues and residents as his “other family”. “

According to the Huron Street home, five residents have died from the virus since the outbreak was declared and there are currently three active cases.

Eight staff members also tested positive, with seven already recovered.

Long-term care facilities and retirement homes have become a focal point in the fight against COVID-19, with residents of these facilities accounting for more than three-quarters of 1,725 ​​deaths in Ontario.

The ONA, which represents more than 68,000 registered nurses in Ontario, said the Ministry of Labor was called to investigate the death of Beattie.

“While there will be a lot of talk about Ontario’s pandemic preparedness and the protection of nurses and health care workers, now is not the time to speculate,” said McKenna.


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