Almost one in five tenants of a retirement home (RPA) in Longueuil has contracted COVID-19 in recent days, a sign that the post-Christmas period is difficult for these establishments.
The Jazz de Longueuil residence confirms that as of Wednesday, 99 residents had been infected following an outbreak that occurred in early January.
Nine people are hospitalized and two have died.
The screening of the 503 residents began on January 9.
The Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) of Montérégie-Est also confirms that it has made a request for support from the Canadian Red Cross for the residency.
The CISSS also adds that it offers its support “in terms of nursing care and the prevention and control of infections, in particular”.
The director of communications at Cogir, owner of the 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 is hitting RPAs across the province hard as the government’s list shows 188 active outbreaks, for a total, currently, of 1,666 cases of infection and 321 deaths.
No less than 29 RPAs are even considered to be in a critical situation, i.e. with a quarter of residents having contracted the coronavirus.
The CHSLDs of Quebec are also tested two weeks after Christmas.
The ongoing outbreaks have infected 807 residents, more than half of whom have died, or 433 people.