A facility in Montreal has become a focus of infection especially severe since mid-may, with a fifty dead, proving that the pandemic in NURSING homes is far from complete.
The CHSLD Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, is grappling with a wave of death that has made 49 people dead since mid-may, including 42 in the past three weeks.
The balance sheet will continue to grow probably, because the establishment still has 38 residents with the COVID-19, according to data from the ministry of Health.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the center of nearly 400 beds, has recorded 90 deaths from the COVID-19 among its clientele. This is the second worst total in the CHSLD du Québec (see table).
According to the union of the employees of the centre, the leaders of the institution have waited too late before putting the means in place to control the outbreak in the important month of may.
“That explains why the NURSING homes could soon have the most deaths in the province,” points out Alexandre Paquet, president of the Union of workers of the CIUSSS of the North-of-the-Island-of-Montreal, in which the centre is attached.
Almost 100 dead ?
At the rate things are going, Mr. Paquet is a fear that the NURSING is the first in Quebec to count 100 dead. It is estimated that the establishment would have had to proceed much more quickly to a systematic screening of employees and applying measures of protection more stringent.
The integrated Center for academic health and social services (CIUSSS) North-of-the-Island-of-Montreal has shown that routine testing of COVID-19 had been applied on the employees of CHSLD between the 26 and the 28 may.
It was then at the peak of the wave of the outbreak of the coronavirus with 76 cases of residents with the disease.
But according to Mr. Package, it is only at this time that new protection measures for employees have been introduced in parts of the CHSLD without case of COVID-19, so in the ” cold zone “.
Reached by phone, a resident of the center, Robert Tremblay, explained that the employees then began to take in the visits of wearing full protection, including a mask, visor, gown, disposable gloves. Before, they were only masks and gloves, as well as their place of usual work.
Photo courtoisieRobert Tremblay
“The protection measures have been very minimal since the beginning of the crisis,” judge he.
Aged 60 years, Mr. Tremblay is paralyzed and in a wheelchair. He is confined to his room since the beginning of the pandemic, the 13 march, and cannot receive visitors.
“Indeed, the number of deaths in the last few weeks at the CHSLD Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci looks awesome “, concedes the spokesperson for the CIUSSS North-of-the-Island-of-Montreal, Séléna Champagne in an e-mail.
However, the death rate among the affected residents would not be higher than in the other NURSING sector, she argues.
According to Ms. Champagne, several factors explain the outbreak of the month of may, including the presence of asymptomatic carriers among employees. Residents already sick for a long time will impose new demands as the death toll from.
This is not the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the situation of the CHSLD attracts attention.
On April 9, prime minister François Legault identified the center of Our-Lady-of-the-Thank-you in point of press as one of the six CHSLD in Quebec while in a critical situation.
“We made great efforts to concentrate here [in the six NURSING homes], because this is where it is going to play,” he said.
At that time, there were 16 deaths and 48 positive cases in this centre.
State of chsld
- 93 with at least one active
- 5 in critical condition (more than 25 % of affected residents)
- 13 and under high surveillance (between 15% and 25% of cases)
The worst homes since the beginning of the crisis