The emergency shelter for the homeless in Gatineau is hit by an outbreak of COVID-19, when three of its users have received a positive result in a screening test.
Regional health authorities will not be emptying the premises for a thorough cleaning. Instead, specialized teams disinfected the cubicles occupied by people with the virus, once they were isolated in a warm area.
The Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) will however check users’ symptoms more regularly, while improving on-site health measures.
“The population living in a situation of homelessness is vulnerable to COVID-19 and it is for this reason that our establishment has deployed additional measures”, we can read in a press release sent by the CISSSO to the media. Friday late afternoon.
The emergency accommodation center has been installed since May inside the Robert-Guertin arena, the usual home of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
About sixty people experiencing homelessness can stay inside these temporary facilities.
If we ignore schools, this is the 12e outbreak in the Outaouais region since the start of the pandemic, five of which are still active.