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COVID-19 update – April 11: Legault “not proud” of situation in CHSLDs; no new cases locally

Premier François Legault gave up his planned day off on Saturday to address the province, specifically concerning the disturbing details surrounding a private seniors’ residence in Dorval which has seen 31 deaths since March 13. The government ordered a public health enquiry as well as a police investigation after it was determined that staff at the Herron seniors’ residence had abandoned their positions and residents were left in deplorable conditions.

“The way we treat our seniors in Quebec is not acceptable,” said Legault, who asked that all 40 of the private seniors’ residences in Quebec be visited Saturday to check on the conditions of residents. “I am not proud to see what is happening in our CHSLDs,” he added. Legault promised that once the crisis with the coronavirus subsides, the province would move to review all aspects of its long-term care and residence network, in both the private and public sectors.

Legault also walked back Friday’s suggestion that students could return to schools before May, following an immediate backlash from angry parents, teachers, and unions. A petition circulating as of yesterday afternoon calling on the government to keep schools closed until September had more than 157,650 signatures as of 4 pm on Saturday. Comments on social media also questioned the logic of forcing the cancellation of all public events and fairs until at least the end of August while at the same time talking about opening schools and daycares in a matter of weeks.

“Perhaps I should be more precise,” suggested Legault. “The day we will reopen the schools is the day I would be comfortable sending my own kids back to school,” he said. The premier then promised that any decision would be made following the recommendations of the public health authority and in the best interest of children. “The decision will be made with health in mind, not the economy,” he insisted.

Legault also briefly addressed a possible shortage of medications in the province, suggesting there was less than a week’s supply of certain kinds. He assured that the province was working with the federal government to deal with this issue.

There were 48 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 announced on Saturday. The province now has 12,292 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 615 in the past 24 hours. There are 778 people in hospital, with 211 of those being treated in intensive care. There are 1,259 confirmed cases in Montérégie, an increase of 86 positive results. There was no change in the local municipalities, with all reporting fewer than five cases. Chateauguay now has 65 confirmed cases, while Mercier has 27. The number of cases in Valleyfield and Vaudreuil-Dorion increased by 8 in each municipality to 36 and 51, respectively. According to the New York State Department of Health, there are 11 confirmed cases immediately across the border in Franklin County, and 43 in Clinton County.

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pam selkirk 2020-04-12 at 00:05

Thanks Sarah, very much appreciate your daily reports.

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