COVID-19: 52 new deaths, Québec, calling on physicians to help in NURSING homes

COVID-19: 52 nouveaux décès, Québec appelle les médecins à aider dans les CHSLD


The prime minister François Legault has launched a heartfelt cry to the doctors general practitioners and specialists, on Wednesday, to come and lend a hand in NURSING homes of the province, where the shortage of personnel continues to worsen.

“We need you other. I do not know how to ask for it,” quipped the prime minister during his press conference daily.


Mr. Legault asked the medical specialists and general practitioners to treat, feed and wash the patients in NURSING homes on a temporary basis.

“We are not asked to wash the floors, what is required of them is to help nurses, said the prime minister. There is a national emergency, and the national emergency, is that we have a shortage of nurses and attendants in NURSING homes.”

  • LISTEN to the analysis from the point of release by Vincent Dessureault, on QUB radio:



Quebec there are 1382 absences only in NURSING homes public and a shortfall of about 2000 people in all care settings long-term.

The president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ), Dr. Diane Francoeur, didn’t time to react. Saying “surprise” of the release of the prime minister, Dr. Francoeur says that the experts “will be there where it is needed”.

“We will be there, but tell us where to go. I have no idea what are NURSING homes [homes for the elderly] or the [intermediate] where we need people. You cannot organize it tomorrow”, she mentioned afterwards in an interview with LCN.

Protective equipment should, however, be made available to these medical specialists, said Dr. Diane Francoeur.

Our Bureau of investigation revealed on Wednesday that medical specialists who are going to participate in the war effort to cope with the COVID-19 will charge up to$ 2,500 per day for the package pandemic, according to an agreement signed with the government on Tuesday evening.

François Legault also pointed out that small shops are expected to open “soon” with measures of social distancing.

 In short:

  • Québec deplores an increase of 612 cases and 52 deaths since yesterday, for a balance sheet total of 14 860 people infected and 487 patients who died.
  • Quebec has only three days of reserves of reagents to conduct testing, but we aren’t afraid of a shortage, ” says François Legault.
  • François Legault says that the small shops are expected to open “soon”, with measures of social distancing.


The balance sheet of the Quebec

  • 52 new deaths, for a total of 487
  • 14 860 confirmed cases, an increase of 612
  • 984 hospitalized persons, an increase of 48
  • 218 people to the intensive care unit, a reduction of 12

The balance sheet, by region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 34
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 175
  • Capitale-Nationale: 528
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 862
  • Estrie: 738
  • Montreal: 6830
  • Ottawa: 181
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 139
  • North Shore: 98
  • Nord-du-Québec: 7
  • GaspésieÎles-de-la-Madeleine: 103
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 291
  • Laval: 1455
  • Lanaudière: 1026
  • The laurentians: 690
  • Montérégie: 1686
  • Nunavik: 12
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 5

Total: 14 860


  • To LISTEN to ALSO – The mp Catherine Dorion commented on the situation in NURSING homes:

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