Quebec headed in ‘right direction’ but situation remains difficult in long-term care homes: Legault

Quebec Premier François Legault says the declining numbers of new cases and deaths related to the novel coronavirus crisis show the province is headed “in the right direction” but the situation remains fragile in long-term care homes.

There are 218 facilities where infections have been reported and more than 1,100 people who live in them have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to Legault.

“The work remains difficult in CHSLDs,” he told reporters in Quebec City on Thursday.

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Legault said 400 soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces remain in embattled long-term care homes and an additional 350 elsewhere in the province. He wants them to stay until at least Sept. 15, when 10,000 new orderlies are expected to staff those facilities.

Quebec continues to be the province hardest hit by the crisis and leads Canada in cases and deaths.

The province saw 144 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 53,485. The health crisis has killed 5,105 people after 24 additional fatalities were recorded from the previous day.

Nearly three months after the pandemic began, the number of hospitalizations continues to decline in the province. There are 871 patients in hospital and 114 of them are in intensive care.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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