COVID-19: employees of the CISSS of Chaudiere-Appalaches infected

Employees of the Chaudière-Appalaches Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) contracted COVID-19.
It was not possible to know on Monday how many employees are infected, in which facility (s) they work and whether they are members of the nursing staff who may have been in contact with patients .

“In the interests of confidentiality and respect for individuals, the Public Health Department of the Chaudière-Appalaches CISSS is not authorized to disclose personal information that can identify a person infected with COVID-19 or their environment (MRC, municipality , city, workplace) “, explains the CISSS in a press release.

In a note sent to employees and managers, and obtained by Radio-Canada, the establishment’s general management wrote that “in the current pandemic context, in an organization as large as ours [the CISSS has 12,000 employees] , this situation was unwanted, but predictable. ”

It specifies that epidemiological surveys have been carried out among people who have been in contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus, and that each person has been given instructions to limit the spread of the virus.

“We also ensure that disinfection measures are carried out in our facilities at all times and that, depending on the situation, specific measures applicable to the various environments are carried out”, mentions the management in its internal message.

In an interview with Solei the Monday, the Deputy Director of Human Resources Department, Communications and Legal Affairs CISSS the Chaudière-Appalaches, Kathy Plante, essentially repeated the content of this message.

“Our objective as an employer is really to take care of our staff, to ensure their health and safety at work, and for that, we have measures in place that we respect to the letter,” assured Ms. Plant.

“Our 100 installations are all safe […]. Hygiene and sanitation measures have been increased. So it’s not dangerous “for both patients and employees,” she said.

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