Hotel Le Montagnais, located in the Chicoutimi borough in Saguenay, is ready to accommodate people isolated due to COVID-19.
It is a well-kept secret. TVA Nouvelles learned on Friday that the agreement was reached last May after the Ministry of Health and Social Services asked health authorities in each region to identify a buffer zone, in the event of overflows in the network installations.
For the moment, only people who reside in an accommodation environment, such as an intermediate resource or a private residence for seniors, can be called upon to stay in Montagnais for 14 days.
For example, a resident of an intermediate resource who has tested positive for COVID-19 and who must share his bathroom with another beneficiary could be brought to the section of the hotel reserved for this purpose.
The same decision could be made if this resident stayed at the Alma Hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If his condition no longer requires hospitalization, the health authorities could ask him to isolate himself at the Le Montagnais hotel, before returning to his living environment.
The aim is to limit the spread of the virus.
Other types of users may be called upon to stay there in the future, depending on the evolution of the pandemic in the region.
Development of a care unit
A complete section of the hotel has been converted into a care unit, for a total of 18 beds.
This section is completely independent from the rest of the hotel establishment.
People in isolation who could be accommodated there may not, at any time, come across hotel guests or employees.
Security guards and attendants will be on site in case of need.
The regional health authorities ensure that everything is safe and confirm that they are working on a similar plan for the Lac-Saint-Jean sector.