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 extensive-time period treatment property in the London, Ont., space. The Syrian refugee arrived to Canada with his spouse and children in 2016, a single of five siblings, states Lebanese-Canadian businessman Mohamad Fakih.

An Ontario teen who labored as a cleaner at a lengthy-expression care household and died after getting diagnosed with COVID-19 was a Syrian refugee who moved to Canada with his family in 2016, in accordance to the CEO of Paramount Fantastic Meals, Mohamad Fakih.

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

“The loved ones experienced four boys and 1 daughter, and now they’ve lost Yassin,” reported Fakih, a philanthropist and businessman, who spoke with Yassin’s father to provide his condolences.

“He stated [Yassin] preferred to study, to do something more for his lifestyle, and he joined this corporation that does the cleansing for LTCs,” he stated.

Fakih claimed he made available to organize a fundraiser to cover the prices of a funeral for the young man but was informed that it was by now taken treatment of.

“[The father] was incredibly psychological about it. He instructed me how the local community came together for the funeral costs and how he’s pretty appreciative of how the local community is coming jointly to assistance them.”

Youngest in the location with COVID-19 to die

In an interview with CBC Information on Saturday, Dr. Alex Summers, the Middlesex-London Wellness Unit’s affiliate health care officer of wellness, reported the teenager is the youngest human being in the region diagnosed with the virus to die.

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“It can be absolutely a extremely unfortunate working day and a reminder of how the effect of this pandemic can be felt,” he explained.

The health unit has not confirmed Dabeh’s id or office, only that he was a male teenager who was a personnel member at a extensive-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 Wellbeing Companies, which is the father or mother company of Middlesex Terrace, issued a assertion extending its ‘deep sympathies to the family and buddies of Yassin Dabeh.’

Summers said the diagnosis arrived within just the last four weeks, and that the teen’s infectious time period experienced in fact finished. An investigation into his death is underway he explained. 

He could not say regardless of whether the teenager had underlying health ailments. 

Summers previously explained the teenager was not functioning at a long-expression care house although infectious, but the overall health device now claims the teenager did operate at the house for a brief period of time of time, early on in the infectious time period, right before heading into isolation.

Mary Raithby, CEO of APANS Health and fitness Products and services, the parent business of Middlesex Terrace, claimed in a statement that “we extend our deep sympathies to the relatives and friends of Yassin Dabeh.”

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

Fakih stated Dabeh was buried on Friday. He also said the whole household has been diagnosed with the coronavirus “for the reason that of the son coming back residence each individual time following get the job done.”

Fakih, who was born in Lebanon and now lives in Toronto, stated he and some close friends are cooking 500 meals to give out to all those in will need in their community. They have resolved to hold the event in Yassin’s honour, he stated.

“It truly is an Islamic tradition when any individual dies. It is really very good to do foods and gifts for individuals in need to have. We believe that will help in the blessing of their soul.”