Employees of the CHSLD Laurent-Bergevin, in L’Île-Perrot, struggling with a major COVID-19 outbreak are very worried, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
CUPE Local 3247 has been sounding the alarm for the past two weeks about the deteriorating situation at this establishment.
“As of today, there are nearly 50 affected patients out of 73 residents – including three who have died – and more than thirty infected employees, and these figures continue to increase “, Lamented the union in a statement released Tuesday.
CUPE suspects that aerosol contamination could be the cause of the outbreak.
“The employer has been questioned on numerous occasions and a request for intervention has been made to the CNESST to shed light on the source of this outbreak, in particular through an exhaustive check of the CHSLD’s ventilation system,” said Simon Beaulieu, ” president of CUPE 3247. We have also asked that N95 masks be provided to employees who must work in these red zones. ”
Mr. Beaulieu says he is referring to a first red zone at CHSLD Laurent-Bergevin to which a second red zone has been added due to the increase in the number of cases. The first is equipped with a ventilation system to limit the spread of contaminants in adjacent areas, he said, while the second does not.
“The employees are worried about their health and that of the residents, and we understand them”, declared the president of the union.