Public Health Issues Statement on Death at Assessment Clinic

These are scary times, and one would think that showing up at a medical clinic might give one a little bit of hope and safety. Yesterday though, the COVID-19 assessment centre saw a bit of tragedy of its own as a person reportedly passed away Friday morning at the clinic, which forced the temporary closure of the facility.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, the Medical Officer of Health. “For members of the public who may have been at the Assessment Clinic this morning, I know this event is shocking and saddening and our thoughts are with you as well.”

No details about the individual have been released out of respect for the deceased and their family. The members of the Guelph Family Health Team who staff the clinic came to the person’s assistance, and then Emergency Services attended the scene. The individual was taken to Guelph General Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

“To the staff of the Guelph Health Team, staff from Guelph General Hospital, and EMS who did not hesitate to provide care despite the risk of COVID-19, thank you for your bravery,” added Dr. Mercer.

The assessment clinic was reopened earlier today, and is now continuing normal operations. The person who died at the assessment clinic on Friday will be tested for COVID-19 posthumously as part of the usual battery of postmortem tests.

As of Saturday afternoon, there are 239 cases of COVID-19 in the coverage area for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. There are 104 cases in Guelph, 39 in Wellington County, and 90 in Dufferin County. There have been 15 fatalities from the virus, while 87 people have recovered.

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