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Person dies after attending Guelph COVID-19 Assessment Clinic

Person went into distress and was treated on site by clinic staff but later died
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Guelph's COVID Assessment Centre at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has confirmed that a person died Friday morning after attending the Guelph COVID-19 Assessment Clinic at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre.

A news release from Public Health said the person was treated on site by members of the Guelph Family Health Team and Guelph Emergency Services.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health, in the release.

“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.” 

“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,” said Dr. Mercer.

The individual will be tested posthumously for COVID-19.

WDG Public Health will work with the Guelph Family Health Team and Guelph General Hospital, as well as other partners on any required next steps.

The Assessment Clinic will remain closed while a comprehensive cleaning is completed. The Assessment Clinic will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 25.

No further information about the person will be released.