Quebec uses very little of the hotels asked to accommodate patients

Québec recourt très peu aux hôtels sollicités pour accueillir des patients

Photo: Renaud Philippe The Duty
The hotel Courtyard Marriott Montreal Airport has welcomed a score of residents of the Flag of the builders in Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

On the 200 hotels put in readiness to face the COVID-19, only a handful welcomes patients for the moment, and those who host do not have a lot.

Open to patients since April 16 last, the hotel Concorde has a total of 6 patients and 30 employees. “It has a capacity of 50 beds and if it deteriorates further, we could go up to 150 beds,” says Julie Mercier, assistant to the director of nursing of the National Capital. “Our rate increases gradually, but it goes with the needs of the community. “

Deployed on three floors, the “convalescent home of the Concorde” welcomed the departure of patients from hospitals, and people receiving normally home-based care. However, this week, we were expecting new people from old people’s homes.

Are targeted people with the COVID-19 with alzheimer’s disease who are wandering in the residence, and put other residents in danger. “This is the kind of customer that we can accommodate here in a floor. We can let them walk around and give them all the support required. “

With its 630 cases and 32 deaths, Quebec certainly does not have the same needs as Montreal. However, even in the metropolis, The Duty was found that only two hotels were used by the Centres, integrated health and social services (CISSS) since the beginning of the crisis, and that it was very difficult to get information about them.

The first is located in the hotel Place Dupuis on the territory of the CIUSSS of the Is. It welcomes residents of resources for seniors with the COVID-19, but it has not been possible to find out how much. “For example, a person who has recently discharged from the hospital, but being always positive to the COVID-19 may be staying there temporarily, before returning to his environment of origin,” said the CISSS.

Sites kept confidential

The hotel Courtyard Marriott Montreal Airport has also welcomed a score of residents of the Flag of the builders in Ahuntsic-Cartierville. “They have been transferred to a hotel in order to increase our number of beds available,” said the CIUSSS the North of the Island .

In Laval, a hotel has been renovated to accommodate 133 people recently, but the CISSS did not want to say which because the site is home to “vulnerable clients” or residents of NURSING homes or people with mental health problems.

Finally, the CISSS of Montérégie-Ouest has required 20 beds of the Plaza hotel in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to create a hot zone on two floors of the hotel. Other CIUSSS in lack of space, have preferred to use other types of buildings. This is the case of the CIUSSS Centre-South, which has put people in the former Royal Victoria hospital.

20 000 beds available

The ministry of Health, it was confirmed that 20 000 beds are available in the hotels to meet the needs. By contrast, the government has not launched any directive to their subject, and it belongs to the CIUSSS use or not to use. In addition to the patients, they can be used to receive reinforcements from the outside to assist the staff.

The government had requested the hotel network as of march 14, to be created lists of hotels potential, ” says Dany Thibault, president of the Association Hôtellerie Québec. “There are almost 200 who have responded to this,” he says. “The initial application, it was to unload the system cases are not contagious, which could not return home. After it evolved. “

With the suspension of tourism, this is a plan B interesting for many hoteliers. However, Mr. Thibault contends that they “don’t do it to create income or profit” and that the aim is to ” cover [their] costs of operation. “At present, the occupancy rate of hotels in Quebec that are still open, wavering between 3 and 8 % “.

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