So, the ombudsman of long term care in quebec released a 166 page report about the CHSLD Herron: The facility where the highest number of deaths occurred in quebec. In it, he outlined the causes of the ridiculous losses, which included; massively insufficient staff, massively untrained staff, a lack of resources for employees, a lack of protective equipment (and yeah, those are apparently different things.), managerial incompetence, poorly maintained structure, poor hygiene and generally described conditions which wouldn't be out of place in a war time field hospital or third world mud hut. The kicker? This recent report mirrors one written five years ago about the system in general, which mirrored one written five years before. Long standing problems brought to a deathly head by pandemic. The Federal government is planning on creating and implementing a national standard for LTC facilities, and of course, quebec has already told them to jog on. Can't have the people paying for those things involved in the running of them. Not. At. All.
Also today: a school two blocks up from my home (Ecole Gerard Fillion. You can spot it on google maps and then have fun trying to find my house!) sent the entirety of grades 7 and 8 home to quarantine. High schools are apparently having a hell of a time keeping up the requirements of the pandemic, and it's showing as most of the transmission seen in the province is now coming out of the schools. Even students are demanding more rules and requirements be met: like maybe taking temperatures before allowing entry, and making it easier to actually stay home when presenting symptoms. Of course, transmission tracing would be useful, but the testing centers are between 4-6 days behind, and quebec is refusing to use the software the federal government created to allow for quicker tracing.
ALSO today: the health minister is begging people to stay home, not visit friends, not do anything but go to school or work: If we cancel thanksgiving and stay isolated, we can have christmas! Also; the bars, theatres and restaurants are open. So please, only go out with people from your own household. Stupid hugger just cancelled christmas. They refuse to force anything to close, and will not enable or enforce even small scale regional lock downs.
Also today: One of my odd jobs is to visit and help a nice old lady (97 in january... you know, if the pandemic doesn't take her.) get a little exercise, and help her with her ipad. Lovely old bird, but deaf as a doornail. I was there for about a half hour today. In the time between GOING to her room, and LEAVING her room, they had isolated one of the rooms in her wing, on her floor. With the full biohazard requirement to enter the space. It's starting again, and literally nothing has changed at all since march. Now, it's entirely possible that this poor sap is simply down with a cold and the facility is over compensating because... hug, we all know why, but it's still four to six days to get an answer, and a LOT of damage can happen in a week.
Quebec's big plan to see use through the rest of the pandemic is the american plan: hug it, there'll be a vaccine eventually, and we're not responsible for failing the population. They're more than happy to blame the people, and scream about private parties all while passing the buck on oversight to people whom have no ability to enforce anything: cause the grocer is going to risk his job by kicking a maskless person out of the store.