Following a ministerial request, we screened all residents of our CHSLD. Although this only represents a snapshot at the time we did the tests, they continue to confirm that we are on track because we have not detected any carriers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
Our procedure indicate a 14 days quarantine on arrivalfor any new resident, and this was done as soon as he arrived, we also did a test since it hasn’t been done by the MUHC. We received a positive result the same day in the evening.
At this point we increased the isolation measures in place and created a hot zone with the adjacent rooms.
The fact that the resident was negative twice before, and had no symptoms, means he was probably a false positive.
We were all very surprised to see the name of C.H.S.L.D. Château Westmount appear in the list of the Quebec Ministry of Health (MSSS) indicating that we had had one (1) death related to COVID-19.
We can reassure you. THIS IS A MISTAKE ON THEIR PART.
We have all heard the May 5th announcement regarding visits by caregivers to seniors’ residences and C.H.S.L.D. as of May 11th, 2020.
While we are aware of the importance of visiting significant people for our residents, we do not share the government’s view on the timeline.
We can reassure you, no we do not have a positive case……
In order to maintain an adequate and risk-free environment for our residents, we have separated the C.H.S.L.D. Château Westmount into different areas.
One of the decisions we have already made is the wearing of the procedural mask by employees. Since employees can carry the virus without being aware of it…
Therefore, given the risk of contamination posed by the arrival of people from outside our organization, we will not lift the entry ban on private caregivers or “sitters”.
All our actions are carried out in consultation with the health authorities and are aimed solely at protecting our residents. We invite you to continue your contacts with them via phone calls or videoconferencing.
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Government of Quebec - Health
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Ministère de la Santé - Coronavirus
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World Health Organization
CIUSSS West-Central Montreal
4860 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
+1 514-369-3000 (ext. 229)