Two accommodation centres evacuated

Deux centres d’hébergement évacués

Two accommodation centres of Montreal for persons with problems of addiction to alcohol or drugs had to be evacuated last Tuesday evening because of a confirmed positive COVID-19.

“It was chaotic, by contrast [the residents] have all been relocated to be in good and due form,” explains Martin Lafortune, director of the House of the Exodus, a drug rehabilitation centre in montreal.

Tuesday evening, around 20 pm, the organization has decided to move a dozen people after learning that a user and an employee had been found positive to the COVID-19.

The three pavilions that House the Exodus holds, two have been evacuated.

The flag Alpha, a temporary accommodation centre for people in situation of homelessness in the drunk tank, and the pavilion Émilie-Gamelin, a centre of social rehabilitation for homeless people with problems of addiction.

But the displacement of the resident infected was difficult. “The path to the Royal Victoria [which welcomes the homeless infected] has not worked for the positive person,” says Mr. Lafortune. The healthcare establishment has not accepted the listing because it is not part of the public network, “while it has worked in the past,” said Mr. Lafortune. He finally decided to call 911 who then advised to use the taxi service to take the individual to the nearest hospital, that of Verdun, where he was welcomed.

Thirty screenings

The 24 employees of the accommodation centres and the dozen residents have all undergone tests, confirms Mr. Lafortune.

The results are not yet known, which prevents for the moment to welcome new users.

“We are working closely with the public Health, it is expected its directive to reopen “, he added.

The majority of the residents have been relocated to the emergency’s addiction Centre addiction rehabilitation of Montreal.

At the time of writing these lines, the CIUSSS Centre-South-Island-of-Montreal has not responded to our interview request.

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