Agency nurse working for Cree health board tests positive for COVID-19 – CBC

Officials say risk to patients low and measures in place are working

Apr 17, 2020

Health officials for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay in northern Quebec say all the protocols were followed to protect patients and communities after an agency nurse working at Hotel Espresso in Montreal tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Hotel Espresso is where many Cree patients stay when they go south for medical treatment.

The nurse worked on April 9 and part of the day on April 10, screening long-term dialysis patients who live at Hotel Espresso, as well as a group of patients and their escorts who were preparing to return to the communities.

“He wore personal protective equipment while he was seeing the patients,” said Bella M. Petawabano, chairperson of the Cree health board, adding he maintained physical distance and followed all the protocols, including wearing a mask, visor and changing his gloves between each patient.

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