One in five residents infected with RPA
Almost every fifth tenant of a retirement home (RPA) in Longueuil has signed COVID-19 in the past few days, a sign that the post-Christmas season is difficult for these facilities.
The Jazz de Longueuil residence confirms that as of Wednesday, 99 residents were infected following an outbreak in early January.
Nine people are hospitalized and two have died.
Screening of the 503 residents began on January 9th.
The Montérégie-Est Integrated Center for Health and Social Services (CISSS) also confirms that it has asked the Canadian Red Cross for assistance with the residence.
The CISSS adds that it offers its support “particularly in relation to the care and prevention and control of infections”.
Cogir’s communications director, owner of Jazz Residence, says it’s impossible to know how the outbreak began. Brigitte Pouliot explains that the residents are very independent there.
1,666 RPA cases
The post-Christmas season hits RPAs hard across the province as the government’s list shows 188 active outbreaks, currently 1,666 cases of infections and 321 deaths total.
No fewer than 29 RPAs are even in a critical situation, i.e. a quarter of the residents have been infected with the coronavirus.
Quebec’s CHSLDs will also be tested two weeks after Christmas.
The ongoing outbreaks have infected 807 residents, more than half of whom have died, or 433 people.
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