Canada Brampton hospital worker dies of COVID-19
Brampton man charged after faking COVID-19 case to get off work: police
A 39-year-old Brampton man is facing a public-mischief charge after he lied about a family member testing positive for COVID-19 to get out of work, according to Peel Regional Police. On Friday, a Brampton business owner got a call from the man — an employee — reporting one of his family members had tested positive, police say. In response, the business owner shut down and sent all of his employees home. He contacted police Monday, and through an investigation, they found the man did not have any sick family members. "The information that we have at this point is … his only motivation was to get some time off of work," said Peel Regional Police Const.
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A health-care worker at Brampton Civic Hospital has died from complications linked to COVID-19, marking the first time an Ontario hospital has confirmed the death of one of its workers amid the pandemic.
William Osler Health System made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
"The health-care worker, a long-time environmental services associate with Osler's Brampton Civic Hospital, was being cared for in Brampton Civic Hospital's Intensive Care Unit," the organization said in a statement.
Thursday sees another surge in COVID-19 cases in Ottawa
For the second consecutive day, results from a backlog of tests caused Ottawa COVID-19 cases to rise dramatically, confirming warnings from health officials that the number of people with the virus was more than previously reported. The city saw 58 new cases Thursday, up from a total of 194 the previous day. Wednesday saw 50 new cases, a dramatic rise after days with only single-digit increases. There are now 252 confirmed cases in Ottawa. Twenty-four people are in hospital and seven in intensive care. There were 11 new cases confirmed in western Quebec on Thursday where the number of total confirmed cases stands at 75.
"Our entire organization is devastated by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time."
In a news release, Peel region health officials said the Brampton man, who was in his 50s, "likely acquired the virus in the community and not at work."
Dr. Lawrence Loh, interim medical officer of health for the Region of Peel, extended his "deepest condolences" to the man's family and co-workers in a statement.
"He played an important role in keeping the health-care system working and we mourn his loss," Loh said.
More to come.
2nd health-care worker dies in Ontario after contracting COVID-19 .
A second health-care worker has died in Ontario after contracting COVID-19, a long-term care organization reported on Thursday. In a statement to CBC News, Sienna Senior Living confirmed the death of a woman in her 50s at Altamont Care Community, the company's location in Scarborough. "Today, we received the difficult news of the passing of a much-loved and valued team member from Altamont Care Community," communications director Natalie Gokchenian said in the statement. "On behalf of the entire team at Sienna Senior Living, we extend our deepest condolences to her family, loved ones, and colleagues.