Migrant Farm Worker in Haldimand-Norfolk Dies of COVID-19

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit confirms a migrant worker, who had been in intensive care with COVID-19, has died.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health, a member of the Catholic Clergy and Health Unit staff, visited workers at the farm to deliver the news.

Norfolk Mayor, Kristal Chopp says she is “extremely saddened at this loss of life.” Chopp adds, “It’s an absolute tragedy that someone who comes to Canada to work in the agricultural industry and support his family back home loses his life so far from his loved ones.”

BRANT.one COVID-19 Newsbrief – June 22nd

There are 199 positive cases among migrant farmworkers and 18 cases among others associated with the farm. The outbreak continues to be mostly contained to the farm, and any close contacts of the workers are in self-isolation. The health unit says they continue to manage the situation to bring the outbreak to a conclusion.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Brantford and Brant remains unchanged at seven. The Brant County Health Unit recorded no new cases of the virus Monday. In total, 121 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 110 have recovered, and four have died. A total of 11,355 people have been tested since the pandemic began.

After reporting four new cases on Sunday, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit says the total number of positive COVID-19 test results remains unchanged at 445 but is reporting one new death, bringing the total number of patients who have died from the virus to 32.

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario continues to trend downward with fewer than 200 new cases reported Monday again. Provincial health officials say 161 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed, down from the 175 reported one day earlier. There are currently 265 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Ontario, including 76 patients in intensive care and 58 on ventilators. Only three new deaths were Monday, down from the 11 deaths confirmed in the previous report.