Ontario teenager who died of COVID-19 was refugee who worked as prolonged-phrase care household cleaner



a man standing next to a forest: Yassin Dabeh, 19, worked as a cleaner at a long-term care home in the London, Ont., area. The Syrian refugee came to Canada with his family in 2016, one of five siblings, says Lebanese-Canadian businessman Mohamad Fakih.


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Yassin Dabeh, 19, worked as a cleaner at a long-expression treatment residence in the London, Ont., space. The Syrian refugee came to Canada with his family members in 2016, 1 of five siblings, says Lebanese-Canadian businessman Mohamad Fakih.

An Ontario teen who worked as a cleaner at a prolonged-time period care residence and died just after becoming identified with COVID-19 was a Syrian refugee who moved to Canada with his loved ones in 2016, according to the CEO of Paramount Great Meals, Mohamad Fakih.

Yassin Dabeh, 19, of London, Ont., labored at Middlesex Terrace, a very long-time period care property in nearby Delaware, Ont.

“The loved ones had 4 boys and 1 daughter, and now they have missing Yassin,” claimed Fakih, a philanthropist and businessman, who spoke with Yassin’s father to offer you his condolences.

“He claimed [Yassin] required to research, to do a thing more for his everyday living, and he joined this organization that does the cleansing for LTCs,” he spelled out.

Fakih mentioned he provided to arrange a fundraiser to deal with the fees of a funeral for the young man but was instructed that it was by now taken care of.

“[The father] was really psychological about it. He explained to me how the group arrived collectively for the funeral costs and how he is pretty appreciative of how the community is coming collectively to assist them.”

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In an job interview with CBC Information on Saturday, Dr. Alex Summers, the Middlesex-London Wellness Unit’s associate health care officer of health and fitness, stated the teen is the youngest individual in the location identified with the virus to die.

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“It is undoubtedly a very unhappy day and a reminder of how the impression of this pandemic can be felt,” he reported.

The health and fitness device has not verified Dabeh’s identity or workplace, only that he was a male teen who was a staff members member at a long-term treatment residence.



a car covered in snow: APANS Health Services, which is the parent company of Middlesex Terrace, issued a statement extending its 'deep sympathies to the family and friends of Yassin Dabeh.'


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APANS Well being Solutions, which is the mother or father business of Middlesex Terrace, issued a statement extending its ‘deep sympathies to the family and mates of Yassin Dabeh.’

Summers mentioned the diagnosis came inside of the past four weeks, and that the teen’s infectious period experienced really finished. An investigation into his loss of life is underway he claimed. 

He could not say whether the teen had underlying well being situations. 

Summers beforehand mentioned the teen was not performing at a very long-phrase treatment dwelling whilst infectious, but the health device now states the teen did work at the residence for a brief period of time of time, early on in the infectious period of time, just before likely into isolation.

Mary Raithby, CEO of APANS Health and fitness Providers, the mother or father company of Middlesex Terrace, said in a statement that “we increase our deep sympathies to the relatives and good friends of Yassin Dabeh.”

“Out of respect for their decline, we are declining to make any reviews at this time.”

Fakih explained Dabeh was buried on Friday. He also stated the full loved ones has been identified with the coronavirus “because of the son coming again household each time following perform.”

Fakih, who was born in Lebanon and now life in Toronto, stated he and some good friends are cooking 500 foods to give out to those in want in their local community. They have resolved to hold the event in Yassin’s honour, he said.

“It’s an Islamic tradition when someone dies. It’s very good to do meals and gifts for folks in require. We imagine that assists in the blessing of their soul.”