COVID-19: an extra effort to prevent Bas-Saint-Laurent from falling into the red

To prevent the Bas-Saint-Laurent region from falling into the red zone, the health authorities are asking the population to make a last-ditch effort and are calling for screening in all accommodation areas in Matanie, while two homes have outbreak are still active.

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“If in two weeks we have to change the level because there are outbreaks everywhere, we cannot say that we did not know it. At the moment, there is a collective effort that is necessary ”, launched the director of public health of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Dr. Sylvain Leduc, during a press briefing Thursday morning.

Two private seniors’ residences are still struggling with outbreaks in Matane.

The Résidence des Bâtisseurs de Matane is now one of the ten residences for private seniors (RPA) in “critical situation” in Quebec. There are 79 cases related to this residence, including 62 residents, 14 workers and three caregivers.

At the Résidence des Sages de Matane, there are now 11 infected residents out of 17. An employee has also contracted COVID-19.

“It’s a very high attack rate. It testifies to the great capacity of this virus to be transmitted in a closed environment. […]. It shows that even with great effort, a very contagious virus can spread easily, ”added Dr. Leduc.

The mobile screening clinic was reactivated in Matane on Thursday morning so that workers in the Matanie accommodation centers could all be tested.

The Résidence des Bâtisseurs is under investigation

The Résidence des Bâtisseurs has been under the surveillance of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) for several months now due to the many complaints that have been made.

In recent months, the CISSS indicates that it has produced management plans to help management correct certain shortcomings. In addition to this active surveillance, an administrative investigation was recently launched.

“We were concerned enough to trigger an investigation process early in October,” added the director of quality, evaluation, performance and clinical ethics at the CISSS du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gino Beaudoin.AWhen the investigation is ongoing, the CISSS says it ensures “that the services are” safe “at the Résidence des Bâtisseurs.

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