An Ontario teenager who worked as a cleaner in a nursing home and died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 was a Syrian refugee who moved his family to Canada in 2016, according to the CEO of Paramount Fine Foods, Mohamad Fakih

Yassin Dabeh, 19, of London, Ont worked at Middlesex Terrace, a nursing home in nearby Delaware, Ont

“The family had four boys and a daughter, and now they have lost Yassin,” said Fakih, a philanthropist and businessman who spoke to Yassin’s father to offer his condolences

“He said [Yassin] wanted to go to college to do something more for his life and he joined this company that does cleaning for long-term carers,” he explained

There have been 150 cases – 78 employees and 72 residents – related to an outbreak in the apartment, the Middlesex-London Health Unit told CBC News in an email on Sunday that the health unit also said that one employee and 14 Residents related to the outbreak have died

Fakih said he had offered to organize a fundraiser to cover the cost of a funeral for the young man, but was told it was already done

“[The father] was very emotional. He told me how the community came together for funeral expenses and how much he appreciates the community coming together to help them”

In an interview with CBC News on Saturday, Dr Alex Summers, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, said the teen was the youngest person in the area to be diagnosed with the virus to die

“It is certainly a very sad day and a reminder of how to feel the effects of this pandemic,” he said

The health unit has not verified Dabeh’s identity or place of work, only that he was a teenage male working at a nursing home

Summers said the diagnosis was made within the past four weeks and the teen’s infection period had actually ended. An investigation into his death was ongoing, he said

Summers previously said the teen did not work in a nursing home during an infection, but the health unit now says the teen worked at home for a short time at the beginning of the infection period before going into isolation >

Mary Raithby, CEO of APANS Health Services, the parent company of Middlesex Terrace, said in a statement: “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Yassin Dabeh”

“Out of respect for your loss, we decline to comment at the moment”

Fakih said Dabeh was buried on Friday. He also said the whole family was diagnosed with the coronavirus “because the son comes home every time after work”

Fakih, who was born in Lebanon and now lives in Toronto, said that he and some friends are cooking 500 meals to distribute to those in need in their community. They have decided to hold the event in Yassin’s honor, he said / p>

“It is an Islamic tradition when someone dies It is good to give food and gifts to people in need We believe that this helps in blessing their souls”

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Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/ontario-teen-staff-covid-death-1.5885718