Another sign of the slowing of the pandemic, the regional directorate of public health, Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec closed its site containment installed since April within the national police academy in Nicolet.
The last patient was discharged in the middle of last week. The centre, however, can be quickly reactivated in case of a second wave of the virus.
“The fumigations have been made. The beds are remade. It is ready [for reopening] in the space of 24 hours,” says Lise Lemire, manager of the site for containment.
In three months, we will have hosted a total of 78 people infected, of which 46 simultaneously during the highest peak. It said 12 deaths. The 31 members of the staff had all volunteered. If necessary, all will be back with a simple phone call.
A patient care attendant used the phrase “spirit of family” to describe the atmosphere that prevailed in the centre. Everything has been implemented to make the patients stay pleasant.
“They wondered where they were made. We told them: “you’re at the École nationale de police de Nicolet”. They questioned themselves: “that is what I am doing at the École nationale de police? That is what I have done to be here?”. So we have tried to make their daily life less cumbersome,” says the clerk Aline Vincent.
The son of a patient of 83 who stayed there told TVA News that the doctors had warned that she would not survive the virus. However, not only is she out, but she is doing very well.
“And then, all of a sudden, my mother was able to sit on his bed. She wanted to get up. My mother is given to eat,” says Patrick Saucier, very happy that his mother is contaminated by the virus has been hosted at this location.