Alberta sees first frontline worker death to COVID over holidays

A healthcare aide at Bethany Riverview continuing-care facility in Calgary became the province’s first healthcare worker to die of COVID-19.

According to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (which represents workers at Bethany Riverview), 61-year-old Joe Marie (Jing) Corral passed away on December, 28th after being infected with the virus at his work – which was in outbreak status.

“I had an opportunity to speak with his daughter,” says AUPE Vice President Bobby-Joe Borodey, “she had indicated in that conversation that her father was healthy, so at this point we’re not aware of anything pre-existing.

“A loss is tragic at any time of the year but of course you throw into the fact that it happened over the holidays and we are in the midst of a pandemic,” she says.

“Members who work in healthcare, members who work on the front line, they know that COVID is real – that the pandemic is real,” adds Borodey, “and this passing just brings that to the forefront or shines a light on the fact that they deal with this daily every time they go to work, and when you’re working in the midst of a pandemic it’s really dangerous”.

Corral leaves behind a son in Edmonton and a daughter in Burnaby, B.C. (Aired Tues. Jan 5/21)

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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