- Quebec Premier François Legault announced on Thursday that of the 216 deaths in Quebec, 99% of them were people over 60 years of age.
- He insisted that now more than ever, we must protect the elderly from COVID-19 by practising safe social distancing.
On Thursday, the Quebec Government detailed the exact distribution percentage of COVID-19 related deaths in the province. Premier François Legault said that 99% of deaths in the province are people over 60 years old. Of the 216 deaths in Quebec, "90% of people were 70 and over and 9% were between 60 and 69."
He stressed that the public must now focus on protecting Quebec's elderly, especially ones with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems.
"[The numbers] show us where we need to focus - on the people who are older," said Legault.
"I include myself in it, I am 62 years old. On the other hand, this is the good news, what I am told - in people who died between 60-69 years of age, they almost all had chronic disease problems, so that means that if you are in good health like me, there is no worry."
As the Easter and Passover holidays approach, public health officials underlined that young people need to stay away from their elders during the pandemic.
"The older people have to stay at home. You don't have to go and visit them. Do not approach these people within two meters and then do not stay long in their presence," said Legault.
In many cases, the hardest-hit places are nursing homes and CHSLDs. Six CHSLDs, in particular, have been most affected.
#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 9 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante : 10 912 cas confirmés 102 463 an… https://t.co/A38KRwCu1p— Santé Québec (@Santé Québec) 1586452909.0
Public health officials say the following CHSLDs have seen the most deaths:
CHSLD Sainte-Dorothée, Laval.
CHSLD Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Montreal.
CHLSD LaSalle, Montreal.
CHSLD Alfred-Desrochers, Montreal.
CHSLD Laflèche, Mauricie.
CHSLD La Pinière, Laval.
A majority of deaths involve people in a critical health situation.
To assist with and manage the influx of deaths in CHSLDs, the government will add 450 new doctors and 1,000 more nurses and other health personnel.
Legault reassured those who have relatives in CHSLDs that the staff is taking all the necessary precautions to protect the residents.
On sait que ce n’est pas facile actuellement pour nos aînés. Il y en a beaucoup qui sont seuls, qui sont isolés. A… https://t.co/v5tHOKTHpj— François Legault (@François Legault) 1586451072.0
"The directive is clear: when the staff approaches a patient within two meters, they always must wear the mask," said Legault.
"You have to be very, very careful, I cannot repeat it enough," said Legault.
Stay tuned for more updates on the COVID-19 situation in Quebec.