Grandparents who attended their grandchildren whose school was struggling with several cases of COVID-19 are believed to be the cause of another outbreak, this time in a retirement home in Saint-Charles-Borromée , in Lanaudière.
At the Lachance residence, four people have died after contracting COVID-19 and 38 seniors are still ill.
The public health investigation tends to show that delinquent grandparents came into contact with infected children from the school in the neighborhood where an outbreak was raging. They would then have infected their neighbors of residence.
The Mésanges elementary school in Joliette even had to temporarily close its doors in an attempt to stop the transmission of the virus in its enclosure after fifteen children and ten employees were tested positive for COVID. -19.
It is not known whether the children entered the residence or whether visits took place elsewhere between the grandparents and the children.
It only took a few days for the situation to ignite in Joliette, taking the health network by surprise. Subsequently, cases were discovered at CHSLD St-Eusèbe and in two other private residences in Joliette. 70 workplaces are also affected by outbreaks of 2 to 20 people.
For the regional director of public health, it is a signal that some seniors and citizens still have not understood anything and are only thinking of themselves. He calls on his population to be vigilant after Premier Legault mentioned this afternoon that Lanaudière is currently one of the worst regions in Quebec in terms of transmission of the coronavirus.
“There are many people who consider that the problem is not very serious for them and that we are not really obliged to observe the measures”, regrets the regional director of public health for the Lanaudière region, Dr Richard Lessard.
“There are a lot of well-observed measures in the workplace, but as soon as people go out, you hear that there are gatherings in restaurants or in households.”
Prime Minister Legault noted in his press briefing on Thursday that some citizens of these regions seem to have developed a “feeling of invincibility”.
The region recorded 162 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a record since the start of the pandemic.