Warlito Valdez passed away over the weekend after testing positive for COVID-19. He was a frontline worker, a husband, and a father to a four-year-old daughter.
Valdez was working as a residential support worker at a home run by the Richmond Society for Community Living. His job included providing support to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. According to RSCL acting executive director Shanon Crofton, the management has been aware that Valdez tested positive to COVID-19 following exposure through the incredibly important work he was doing.
His wife, Flozier Tabangin, found him unresponsive and Valdez was declared dead when paramedics arrived. It was said that Valdez was on his 11th day of quarantine where he was being monitored daily by a nurse through phonecalls. His only symptom was fever.
His colleagues have set up a GoFundMe page for Valdez where they described him as a tireless provider.
Warlito Valdez has been living in Canada for three years with his wife, Flozier Tabangin, and their daughter. He is marked as the 39th death of COVID-19 in B.C.