TORONTO —
For the previous week, 91-year-old Ted Pollock had been mourning the loss of life of his wife, Jean, who died final weekend after turning into contaminated with COVID-19.

Pollock, a resident of Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, Ont., the place the lethal virus has killed greater than 20 folks, was compelled to grieve the loss of his wife of 29 years alone inside the ability.

Seven days after his wife’s loss of life, Pollock additionally died of COVID-19.

His niece, Marni Pollock, mentioned the back-to-back loss has left her feeling numb.

“To know that any person died alone and chilly in a room in an establishment … it is simply an terrible technique to go, I could not think about being sick and not having my household be capable of are available and simply maintain my hand whereas I handed,” Marni instructed InternetNews.

Pollock, a retired insurance coverage salesman who liked to fish and hunt, is the 22nd resident to die of COVID-19 on the nursing residence, the place a 3rd of all residents have died and greater than half of workers have examined constructive for the virus.

Pollock’s older brother, Rob Pollock, mentioned it’s troublesome to course of the sudden loss.

“I just can’t fathom it,” Rob mentioned. “There’s no word to describe it.”

The 95-year-old who survived a polio scare as a youngster again within the 1950s mentioned he’s by no means seen something just like the devastation of COVID-19.

“It’s unbelievably scary. I simply cannot consider that a bit of virus can flip round and make such an enormous occasion on the planet.

Nursing houses throughout Canada has been ravaged by COVID-19. The nation’s very first coronavirus loss of life was reported final month in a B.C. long-term care residence. As of Saturday, the virus has been detected in additional than 600 long-term amenities all through the nation.

The deaths of Jean and Ted Pollock come with one other devastating blow. Because of bodily distancing restrictions, the household has no selection however to delay a celebration of life.

“There isn’t any closure. There isn’t any gathering. There’s no holding of arms … It’s empty,” Marni mentioned.

Marni says Canadians want to acknowledge the worth of following the recommendation of healthcare and authorities officers, who’ve urged Canadians to observe bodily distancing and keep at residence every time attainable.

“We absolutely have to play by the rules … We need to stop. There will be more families than mine that have this tragedy happen to them,” Marni mentioned.

More than 11,000 Canadians have been contaminated with the illness as of Saturday, and not less than 233 folks have died of the virus.

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