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NEWS

From the Pastor’s Pen – March 21, 2020

21 March, 2020

COVID-19 hits an Eastminster family.

I have been given permission to share these words.

It is frightening to see how this virus is spreading and how some folks don’t take it very seriously. To most folks it only seems to be happening to others, and not anyone they know, so that tempers the urgency of the situation.

My perspective changed significantly in the past few days. I have a sister and brother-in-law who are in their early seventies and who live in Strathroy ON. I last saw them in Dec 2019 and they spoke with anticipation of a four-week trip to Portugal that they had planned for early Feb 2020. They had a great time and returned to Canada 6 Mar. 2020.

When they returned, they went about their normal routines, as the present-day 14-day self-isolation protocol had not formally been decided and communicated. Four days later, they both presented symptoms and self-isolated. My brother-in-law was taken by ambulance to the Strathroy Hospital this past Tuesday and then transferred to University Hospital in London on Wednesday. He is presently on a respirator in ICU and this morning he was confirmed Covid-19 positive. His prognosis is not favourable. My sister was taken by ambulance to the Strathroy Hospital yesterday and is presently in ICU and considered a presumptive case of Covid-19. Her prognosis is somewhat more optimistic.

As sad as it is for my sister and brother-in-law, they have had close contact with other family members and friends , since their return from Portugal. Those folks are now required to self-quarantine and will hopefully do so and not become infected.

So tonight, when you watch the news, you will see that the number of those infected will have risen. I happen to know two of those folks very well. This virus is nasty and very hard to overcome, especially if you are older. Please exercise all due caution when you leave your home and look after yourself and your family.

Let us pray for this family and for protection for each one of us.

Btw. COVID-19 is in Belleville – there are many presumptive cases even if the lab tests only reveal two at the moment.  Please note, above, the way the brother-in-law’s case is a lab-tested positive, whereas the sister, even though in hospital, has not been tested and is “presumptive.”  I leave you to figure out the ramifications.