Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, joined by Seniors Minister Marguerite Blais and junior health minister Lionel Carmant announced on Tuesday the province’s plan for a potential second wave of COVID-19.
The plan, consisting of nine different aspects, is focused on creating a more effective response to the pandemic in long-term care homes, which saw the province’s highest number of deaths in the first wave.
It includes appointing a manager for each long-term care home and recruiting more workers for those facilities.
The plan also includes speeding up testing, massive screening, providing more personal protective equipment and supplies, and prohibiting the movement of workers between long-term care homes to prevent the transmission of the virus from one place to another.
Dubé said the measures will be in place by Sept. 30, giving the province about six weeks to ready the health network for a spike in infections. The government is investing $106 million to carry out its plan.
The number of new daily cases has dropped over the past few days in Quebec, with a total of 46 new cases reported Tuesday.
Six additional deaths were reported Tuesday, but authorities said only two of them occurred in the past 24 hours.
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