Well being officers unable to substantiate London, Ontario died of COVID-19


The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says it cannot confirm whether Yassin Dabeh has died of COVID-19 after the 19-year-old was reported as the region’s most recent death-related virus over the weekend.

In a press conference organized by the MLHU on Monday, the health officer Dr. Chris Mackie asked a series of questions about the 19 year old’s cause of death.

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“I think we must all be happy with the limited information we currently have,” Mackie told reporters.

“I know there are questions as to whether this is someone who died from COVID or who died from COVID. Unfortunately we will not get any answers. “

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Mackie noted that the lack of confirmation is not because the MLHU is withholding information, but rather because there will be no medical examination of death.

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“This is in part because the family decided to proceed with the funeral and for this reason an autopsy will not be performed,” Mackie said.

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Few more details were available about Dabeh’s death, but Mackie said the 19-year-old checked into a hospital at some point.

“We know the identity of the person with whom they are in close contact. We know it’s someone who has had symptoms and is then rushed to the emergency room days later. In addition, we don’t have a lot of information, ”he said.

Mackie added that both he and associate health officer Dr. Alex Summers spoke to the coroner on Sunday.

“We will not receive any additional information and no autopsy will be performed.”

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Dabeh’s death was reported on Saturday. He was a contract cleaner at Middlesex Terrace, a nursing home in Delaware.

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Middlesex Terrace has been exposed to an active COVID-19 outbreak since December 23, according to MLHU.

Dabeh was a Syrian refugee who came to Canada with his family in 2016.

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