Quebecers can now learn how bad the situation for COVID-19 is in long-term care facilities in the province after the government published infection rates online.
More than 150 long-term care facilities in the province have residents living in homes infected with COVID-19. The online graph (integrated below) shows the number of cases and the percentage of people infected in each establishment.
The virus takes advantage of several vulnerabilities in these homes, including a high patient-to-staff ratio and people in close contact.
“This is happening and before you know it, you see a case, but in fact, this is just the warning sign,” said Dr. Matthew Oughton, an infectious disease specialist. “Once you see a case, it seems very often that it really indicates that there are several cases both among other residents of the facility and most likely among the health workers who work in that facility. “
Prime Minister François Legault is asking everyone on the bridge to help long-term care facilities, while some want the military to intervene.
“I said if we can get help from the Canadian Army with people who have the training to do this job, I will accept that help, but for now, until there are a few minutes, I didn’t have that help, “said Legault. “They may be talking about a thousand, we need two thousand, so I ask the doctors to come and help the nurses in our CHSLDs while waiting. “
“The question is what resources can we have access to that could be useful and could provide relief when people need a break,” said Jacques-Cartier MP Greg Kelley, who wrote a letter to Minister of Health Danielle McCann requesting military assistance.
Ginette Gagnon’s father is at CHSLD Sainte Dorothée where there are more than 100 cases.
His father is among them.
“I think we need a stronger statement and I wonder if the military could be the right solution,” she said. “You are talking about young people, they are trained, dynamic and generally they know how to take care of people and they have become soldiers to help society. “
She adds that there are sometimes staff shortages in the facility and questions the care received by her father.
“You see he wears a hospital gown, he is unshaven and it is not necessarily a problem, but what does that tell us in terms of brushing his teeth and make sure it’s clean, “said Gagnon.