Province investigating seniors’ homes for negligence

COVID-19 Update for Monday, April 13

Avleen K Mokha

COVID-19 refers to the disease caused by a new kind of coronavirus. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can affect animals and humans. The family of viruses causes respiratory illnesses.

The new kind of coronavirus was found in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The global numbers

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in over two hundred countries across the world. The death toll has crossed 100,000.

As of today there are 1,773,084 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 111,652 deaths, reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases in the neighbourhood

302 cases have been confirmed in the Villeray-St Michel-Parc Extension neighbourhood, as per Santé Montreal.

In the Montreal region, there are 6,393 confirmed cases including 162 deaths, as per Santé Quebec.

Montreal has 259 long-term care facilities and seniors’ homes. Outbreaks in 55 homes have been confirmed.

The latest news

The residence Herron, located near Trudeau airport, is a long-term facility under investigation. Photo: Avleen K Mokha

A severe outbreak of COVID-19 in a seniors’ home in Dorval killed 31 residents. Ministries of Health and Public Safety has initiated a police investigation. Additionally, Quebec Premier François Legault said officials will follow up with 40 private long-term facilities in the province.

“It is not acceptable how our elderly are treated in this province,” said Premier Legault in a briefing on Saturday. “I think there’s a lot of negligence that took place at the residence.”

Meanwhile, the manager of a long-term facility in Verdun locked employees, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada (in French).

Alain Croteau, president of the STT-CIUSSS Center-Sud-CSN, represents the employees at the facility. He claims that this method has been used at least twice.

Main resources

+1 877 644-4545: Government hotline for COVID-19

211: Multilingual social and community helpline

Click here to visit the ACCESS Montreal website for information about COVID-19 in languages other than French.

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