Several employees of the CHSLD Fernand-Larocque in Laval have contracted COVID-19. These health professionals work very closely with the beneficiaries physically and do not have access to N95 masks.
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However, 314,000 N95 masks are “sleeping” in a warehouse on Île Jésus, a union claims.
“The reason for the contamination can be several. There have been so many cases, an increase in the community. For the CISSS de Laval, the priority is the safety of our employees, the safety of our customers, ”said Geneviève Goudreault, Deputy CEO of Laval’s Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS).
On the union side, the reasons for contagion between workers are clear.
“There is too much concentration of COVID patients in the same room, and we don’t have N95s. Studies are published everywhere, the INSPQ remains ” bocké ”, and we do not provide the necessary equipment! In Laval we have 314,000 N95 masks sleeping in a warehouse, we want them, ”Marjolaine Aubé, president of the CISSS de Laval-CSN union said on Friday.
In the Cartier arena, the ventilation system has been updated to meet hospital standards, where we are confident the place will be safe for everyone. Infected seniors who are in a hot area next to the CHSLD Fernand-Larocque will be transferred to this arena on Friday.
These elderly, from different residences, were housed in the CHSLD Fernand-Larocque in the hot zone. Of the six patients who stayed in this designated area, five will be transferred to the arena set up to receive COVID cases.
This non-traditional site has been welcoming patients for a week. About fifty people with COVID can be accommodated there.
Centralization in this arena was planned long before the second wave.
The transfer that must be carried out is an emergency situation, according to the union representing the counselors.
– With information from Marie-Anne Lapierre