Guelph COVID-19 assessment clinic closed after death at site on Thursday

Public health officials say clinic will reopen to the public Friday

GUELPH – The COVID-19 assessment clinic here has been closed for cleaning after a person died at the location this morning.

On April 24 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) confirmed the death at the clinic, located at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, but offered no further information on the individual.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, WDGPH’s medical officer of health.

“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.”

WDGPH officials say the individual was treated on site by members of the Guelph Family Health Team and Guelph Emergency Services.

“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 Mercer.

The individual will be tested posthumously for COVID-19.

WDGPH officials say they 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 was closed for “comprehensive cleaning” and is expected to reopen to the public on Saturday (April 25).