With questions still unanswered, witnesses called back to Quebec nursing home inquest – CBC

Hearings resume today over privately run Herron home, where 47 residents died in 1st wave of COVID-19

Oct 25, 2021

The inquiry into the Herron long-term care home in Dorval, Que., resumes today, after the coroner overseeing the hearings said there were too many unanswered questions.

Coroner Géhane Kamel announced the decision after the initial round of testimony wrapped up last month.

“At least then it will feel like I have closed the loop with Herron,” Kamel said at the time.

“Maybe I won’t have all of my answers, but at least I can sleep soundly.”

Kamel referred often during the inquest to a “black hole” at the centre of the events at Herron, making it difficult to understand what transpired. A total of 47 people died at the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic’s first wave in the spring of 2020.

The inquest heard how patients at the private long-term care home in Montreal’s West Island endured appalling conditions in late March and early April of that year.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-herron-inquest-1.6220953

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