A private residence in Shawinigan is fighting a major battle, as a third of residents are currently infected with COVID-19 and a dozen of them have been transferred to the alternative accommodation center in Nicolet to respect their isolation.
A team came to test all the staff and seniors of Résidence Val-Mauricie on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
“We have been struggling with COVID-19 for twelve days online. We are starting to get out of breath, ”said the director of the residence, July Cosssette.
At around 10 a.m., another team from the CIUSSS de la Mauricie and Center-du-Québec arrived on the scene, this time to assess the state of health of the seniors who tested positive who remained in their rooms.
And the balance sheet is also climbing among the staff, with four employees who are now contaminated. Everyone is redoubling their efforts, despite the fewer numbers.
“We work under the stress of not catching it. I do the three floors. All the girls are stressed because it is the day staff who get the Covid. We have to put on the protective jacket, take it off, put it back on … it never ends. You are never fully protected. It would take a guard on all floors at night. We don’t have an employee, ”said Bobbie Jo Bissonnette, a patient care attendant who works night shifts.
Despite the outbreak, they are two employed to monitor and care for all residents. The CIUSSS also sent six service aides, a specialized patrician nurse and a security guard.
“We’re really starting to be in distress. Yes, we are starting to run out of staff, ”continues the director.
The virus entered Residence Val-Mauricie through a kitchen worker.
Staff now fear the next few hours. How many new cases? How many employees will be fired again if the balance sheet increases? The Val-Mauricie residence team is not yet at the end of its troubles.