Resdients of long-term care homes hardest hit by pandemic fatality

Record Staff
Resdients of long-term care homes hardest hit by pandemic fatality

In her Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, published on Wednesday, Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam said that the health impacts of this year’s pandemic have been worse for seniors, workers who provide essential services, racialized populations, people living with disabilities and women. Among the details underlining this statement in the report is the fact that residents of long-term care facilities accounted for approximately 80 per cent of COVID-19 related deaths in Canada, as of August 2020.
The report, entitled, From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19, is available online through the Public Health Agency of Canada.
There were 929 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Quebec on Wednesday, bringing the total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic to 102,814. The total number of deaths climbed by 17 to 6,189. The number of hospitalizations decreased by 1 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 526. Among these, the number of people in intensive care decreased by 2, for a total of 89. 87,638 people are considered to have recovered.
In the Eastern Townships, 26 new cases were reported, 12 of which were in the Granit sector, bringing the regional total to 2599. There was one new death in the region and one new person admitted to hospital, while the number of people in intensive care remained stable at three. 2,262 people are considered to have recovered from the virus at this point in the Estrie.
Although the majority of local outbreaks being observed by the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS remained stable, a new outbreak watch was declared at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux du Granit after fewer than five users received a positive test result. A campaign of testing is currently being carried out among staff and users in a bid to keep the situation under control.

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