Montreal Chinese Hospital honoured for keeping COVID-19 at bay with early pandemic response – CBC

Long-term care home recorded only 4 cases, no outbreaks and a single death

Nov 20, 2021

Back in March of 2020, Tim Chan was preparing to weather a storm that never came.

A resident at the Montreal Chinese Hospital, a long-term care home located near Chinatown that caters to clients of Asian heritage, he feared the worst during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which nearly 4,000 residents in CHSLDs across Quebec died.

“I feel really nervous the first time,” Chan, 96, said.

But due to early intervention and a collective effort from staff, the home managed to keep the virus out of its walls entirely, reporting zero cases during the first wave of the pandemic.

Now, more than a year and a half into the pandemic, the CHSLD has recorded only four COVID-19 cases, no outbreaks, and a single death.

The home’s efforts were praised by Quebec coroner Géhane Kamel earlier this month at the inquiry into deaths in Quebec’s long-term care homes in the spring of 2020. Kamel called the Chinese Hospital an “extraordinary success story.”

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