Ontario nurse working in London long-term care home dies of COVID-19


Registered nurse who worked in a long-term care home in London, Ontario. died of COVID-19.

The Ontario Nurses Association announced Tuesday evening that RN Brian Beattie has passed away.

“It is a tragedy for all of us,” ONA President Vicki McKenna said 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”. “

Beattie worked at Kensington Village in London, a licensed home with approximately 126 beds that had experienced an epidemic of virus. According to the house, Beattie had been absent from work and was seeking treatment after being tested positive for COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson confirmed that Beattie is the first Ontario nurse to die from the virus.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of a nurse in London, Ontario,” said Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton in a press release at CP24. “It is heartbreaking to learn of this loss of life, especially a nurse on International Nurses Day. Words cannot express my sincere appreciation for all of our health heroes who work tirelessly every day to stop COVID-19 and keep us safe. “

According to the ONA’s statement, Beattie “loved the job he did” and had argued that his colleagues should have personal protective equipment.

In a statement, the village of Kensington said residents and staff were in mourning.

“This death is deeply felt by our residents and our care team, and we cry together as a community,” the statement said.

The home said it had been experiencing a virus outbreak since April 3, with eight staff members testing positive. Seven of these staff members have fully recovered, the home said.

Five residents died at home and there are currently three active resident cases.

In their statement, Kensington Village stated that the safety of residents and staff was their “number one priority”.

The facility said it had isolated residents from their rooms, provided in-room tray service for all meals, and monitored symptoms for all staff and residents at least twice a day.

“Our staff continue to have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to provide the highest quality care to our residents, and all staff are required to wear PPE at all times in accordance with public health guidelines, “said the press release.

The ONA said the Ministry of Labor was called to investigate the death of Beattie.

“Although there is 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,” McKenna said in the release. “ONA will not be commenting at this time. “


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