“Difficult” days ahead as more than 30 nuns and 40 staff members receive COVID-19 at the Quebec convent

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Quebec public health authorities are working to prevent a major epidemic in a Quebec convent from spreading further, as 39 nuns and 43 staff from the Sisters of Charity congregation have already tested positive for the COVID-19.A group of nurses, patient attendants and licensed practical nurses were deployed to the convent on Wednesday to provide assistance, and are still working on site.

In total, about 300 nuns live in the building located in the suburbs of Quebec, in Beauport.

“The next few days will be difficult for the congregation and its employees, and our priority is the well-being of the nuns who are going through difficult times,” said Jean M. Gagné in a statement released Friday evening by the company that manages the building. , Corporation de Services Mallet.

Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, offered prayers and support to those affected.

“We ask the Lord to bless them so that they can go through this difficulty with hope and courage,” Cardinal Lacroix said in a video statement released on Saturday.

Marguerite Blais, the provincial minister of seniors, also issued a press release qualifying the situation as “worrying” while expressing her confidence in what public health officials are doing to limit the spread of the virus within the convent.

Members of three other religious orders live in the same convent, including the Sisters of the Visitation and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa.

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