With 40 residents as well as 25 employees infected with COVID-19, the Marcelle-Ferron Center in Brossard worries the CISSS de la Montérégie-Center, which will intensify its interventions over the coming days in order to curb the spread.
“The Marcelle-Ferron Center worries me, in front of the number of cases which is increasing rapidly,” said the CEO of the CISSS of Montérégie-Center Richard Deschamps, at a press conference on Thursday.
From October 17 to 20, the number of affected users had almost doubled, from 18 to 35. The 40 cases currently represent 17% of residents. A total of 12 deaths are also reported in connection with this outbreak. In all, there are 74 people affected. The Marcelle-Ferron accommodation center has been classified “under high surveillance” since October 26.
Among the interventions planned over the next few days, patients with COVID-19 will be isolated on a floor. “We want to put all the chances on our side,” explained Mr. Deschamps, who assures us that the private accommodation center has always been a “good collaborator”.
From the start of the outbreak, teams of infection control specialists were deployed and other workers are on site to ensure that health measures are respected. Daily contact is made with nursing care.
This Thursday’s media event also aimed to take stock of a major outbreak at CHSLD Ste-Croix, in Marieville. The establishment is classified “critical”, like seven others across the province.
The outbreak has affected 79 users since September 30, including 37 active cases. It resulted in 25 deaths. In total since the start of the outbreak, 73 employees have tested positive. At this time, 31 are active cases and are removed from their workplace.
Given the scale of the outbreak, Richard Deschamps requested that an internal investigation be carried out. It comes in addition to an evaluation report submitted by the McGill University Health Center.
Different elements can explain this outbreak, according to the CISSS de la Montérégie-Center. The massive screenings carried out at the CHSLD revealed that several staff members with COVID-19 were asymptomatic. The equipment breakdown in the analysis laboratory, in the week of September 22, resulted in a delay in the dissemination of the results of screening tests.
With the presence of two prosthetic units at the CHSLD, certain cases of wandering have also favored the spread.
Many measures have been put in place since the appearance of the first cases, such as the presence of managers at all times, the presence of an activity coordinator at night, regular massive screenings, as well as the strengthening of the medical team and security on the units and at the entrances.