NURSING homes most affected in Quebec than in Ontario

While the CHSLD in Quebec are being hit hard by the COVID-19, the situation seems less serious in Ontario, where there are fewer deaths in the nursing homes long-term care.

According to the data released yesterday, 63 % of 1041 Québec deceased of the COVID-19 were residents of NURSING homes, is 657 people. On the Ontario side, 273 residents of care homes long-term care died, or 44 % of all deaths.

“This is not clear.”

Called to compare the situation in Quebec with what is happening elsewhere, the prime minister, François Legault, said yesterday that “it is not clear” if the number of deaths in NURSING homes is accounted for in the same way everywhere in the world.

“In Quebec, we declare them all, either by testing or by reference to epidemiological “, he added.

This is the same method in Ontario, is it stated in the daily report the official.

The deaths in the homes are recorded, ” that the case has been confirmed or not in the laboratory.”

However, in British Columbia, where 60% of people who died from COVID-19 are residents of facilities for long-term care (77 dead), only laboratory-confirmed cases can be found in the statistics.

Lots of elders-in-residence

In addition to deaths in NURSING homes, it is a lamentable fact in Quebec 193 deaths in private residences for elderly people and resources say intermediate.

François Béland.
Professor

“It is difficult to have a clear vision of what happened. But it could be that the elderly population of Quebec will be the victim of his choice of residence “, stressed the professor of the school of public health, University of Montreal, specializing in issues of seniors, François Béland.

“In the residences, seniors are all together. The measures [of segregation] may have not been taken early enough, such that he was able to have a lot of contacts and transmission of the virus. “

He recalls that 18 % of Quebecers aged 75 years and over living in residences, in contrast to about 6% in the rest of the country.

“Quebecers are more tenants than elsewhere, and the network of volunteer support has never been as strong as in the English-speaking “, he says.

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