Already four prospective orderlies infected

Déjà quatre futurs préposés aux bénéficiaires infectés

At least four prospective orderlies following the formation of the new government have caught the COVID-19, while their placement in a CHSLD approach.

Students of the vocational training centre Fierbourg of Quebec and of the CFP Bel-Avenir, Trois-Rivières, obtained a positive result in the screening test that all students must pass before beginning their practical training in an accommodation centre.

To these are added two other cases at the École des métiers des Faubourgs-de-Montréal, confirmed to the Newspaper by the service Centre scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM). Public health had recommended that the classmates of a student withdraw after this diagnosis, before changing your mind.

“In spite of all the preventive measures in place, the zero risk does not exist,” admitted the communications advisor of the CSSDM Julie Cart in an e-mail.

The ministries of Education and of Health and social Services have stated that they do not have information on the number of students infected with the coronavirus among the 10 000 following the accelerated training to become orderlies.

Class return uncertain

In all four cases, students who have been reported to be positive in the coronavirus have been removed from their group and will be able to continue their training at a distance, or try again later.

The payment of the scholarship will be suspended until their return to the class, specified by the Ministry of Health and social Services.

The student contaminated not be able to perform as soon as their placement in a CHSLD, which was to begin on 6, 15 or 22 July. The public health has determined that they will be in quarantine for at least 14 days and not have any symptoms before returning to their training environment.

The president of the Association of microbiologists of Quebec, Christian Jacob, is of the opinion that the students sick of the COVID-19 should also get two negative results in a screening test before considering the practical component of their training in the presence of elders.

“The second test eliminates the possibility that someone has a false positive. The implications are so important, when we get a positive case in a CHSLD that I don’t see why we would test these people,” he said.

According to the microbiologist, the classmates of the infected people should also re-submit to a test, before starting their placement.

Transparency variable

Tamika Anthony and Jean-Sébastien Faust, who study day at the School of métiers des Faubourgs-de-Montréal, had still not received official information on the two reported cases in their facility Thursday noon, when the cases were reported on Monday and Tuesday.

“You have to go find the information, because if not, do we not give,” laments the future beneficiaries attendant met Thursday in front of the school.

Two teachers contacted by the Journal didn’t know the existence of these cases in date of Wednesday, while a student who was keen to preserve his anonymity, had learned, on Wednesday evening, by the mouth of a representative of the school during the course of the evening.

The PSC Fierbourg and Charlotte-Tasse, it is the public health of Quebec, which sent a letter to students advising them to monitor the onset of symptoms. “They have assessed that the risk [of contamination] was low,” says the secretary general of the Center for services school of Premieres-Seigneuries, Martine Chouinard.

More than less

All the PSC contacted by the Newspaper have ensured strict adherence to the sanitary measures of the directions of the public health to prevent the spread of the virus among their walls.

Several students of the program of training of the orderlies told us the duty, among others, wear masks during their academic courses and take cover and visor during the lab exercises, where it is often impossible to adhere to the social distancing.

“It is very rigorous in the enforcement of sanitary rules,” says the director of the PSC Charlotte-Tassé, Christian Caron, who has doubled the size of concierge since the reopening of the centre.

The microbiologist Christian Jacob drew a parallel between the PSC and the workplaces where it has investigated outbreaks in the past few months. “With the measures in place, it is thought that most cases come from outside the workplace.”

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