At his press conference this afternoon, Premier Legault again addressed the ongoing and pressing issues occuring throughout Quebec senior’s residences and CHSLDs.
Following the horrifying discoveries made at the Herron Dorval residence last week, the Quebec government has already investigated the 40 non-contracted CHSLDs in the province; Premier Legault said that the majority are under strong management and are coping very well, while a few have been put under surveillance.
Legault said he and his government are not stopping there; they will continue to investigate ALL public and private CHSLDs in the province to ensure that all are being strongly managed and that residents are properly cared for.
Premier Legault also addressed the issues that were present in these long-term care residences before the outbreak of COVID-19.
For years, these facilities have been understaffed, with employees working lengthy hours for inadequate wages, and as the spread of COVID-19 gathered speed, it created a domino effect as workers began leaving their posts for fear of their safety, health and from simply being overworked. Legault said he and his government are working on implementing changes in salaries for employees and caretakers in senior’s residences.
As of 1 o’clock this afternoon, Quebec has climbed to 13,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and has sadly reached a total of 360 deaths throughout the province.