COVID-19 cases rising in Quebec nursing homes (Reports)

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Château Westmount has had strict measures since March, he said, such as requiring employees to change into a fresh uniform upon arriving for work and not allowing them to bring personal belongings to the residents’ floors.

“Employees weren’t even allowed to bring a coffee cup on the floor to diminish the risk of transmission,” Vincelette said.

But because Quebec was in a lockdown during the first wave, community transmission wasn’t such a threat, he said.

Now, 12 of the facility’s 160 employees have tested positive for COVID-19, Vincelette said. Five were traced to community transmissions, he said.

Vincelette said the local CIUSSS and Montreal public health agency are “a big help.” They’ve suggested the facility start isolating residents on affected floors in their rooms, all of which are single occupancy at Château Westmount, since moving residents around to create hot zones increases the risk of propagation.

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