CISSS de Laval has confirmed that the owner of a private seniors’ retirement residence on Lévesque Blvd. East has voluntarily relinquished everyday management of the facility to the regional public health care agency after being unable to continue providing adequate service because of a staffing shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Saturday May 2, 84 residents in the 130 bed facility had tested positive for COVID-19 and 30 residents had died, according to the CBC and Radio-Canada. The owner, Éric Lavoie, said that although the situation in the residence was improving, at one point up to 50 per cent of staff had been infected and were off the job as a result.
Martin C. Barry, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for the Laval News, firstname.lastname@example.org