COVID-19 outbreak in Laurentians retirement home claims life of at least 1 resident

A Laurentian retirement home is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed the life of at least one person.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the regional health authority acknowledged they were monitoring the outbreak in St-Jerome's Verger Residence.

According to the health authority, they were informed on Aug. 27 that a staff member had tested positive for the virus during a screening.

Since then, five more employees have tested positive and one resident has died.

In total, 19 Verger residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with nine of those coming since Saturday, according to Quebec government data. The residence was also home to one other death from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The health authority said that an evacuation of the residence was held on Sept. 1 due to a fire alarm and that social distancing and mask wearing was not respected, which may have contributed to the spread.

A second COVID-19 screening was held for staff and residents on Sept. 4.

Quebec's retirement homes and long-term care facilities were the scenes of many major outbreaks during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, though the numbers of confirmed in most have dropped enormously over the past few months.  

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