Heat and COVID-19: CISSS de l’Outaouais takes stock
Article published on 26 May 2020
logo imprimer
Noter cet article :
0 vote

The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) of the Outaouais must deal with new procedures concerning the use of air conditioners and ventilators to ensure the safety of users of the various health establishments due to the intense heat planned this week in the region.

The directrice du soutien à l’autonomie des personnes âgées (director of support for the autonomy of the elderly) at the CISSS de l’Outaouais, Judith Daoust, indicated that the installation, for example, of wall air conditioners in CHSLDs began this week, under several conditions dictated by health public.

The Establishment must install the devices by examining the risk factors associated with COVID-19. Mrs. Daoust also qualified the operation as “delicate”, because of the elements that must be considered, especially in places affected by the virus.

The National Institute of Public Health of Quebec indicates in a publication that there is no specific evidence for the use of portable air conditioners and pedestal ventilators for users suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

In the absence of such data “the decision to use these devices in the bedroom and on a unit where users suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 are housed must be subject to a local risk assessment to determine whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of using these devices.”

On Monday, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault recalled his long-term plan for CHSLDs, to ensure the safety of users in different scenarios.

Guiding principles to be applied at all times for all users (source: INSPQ)
- When installing and removing, adequate and regular maintenance of portable air conditioners (e.g. window air conditioners or other type) and pedestal fans must be carried out according to the manufacturer’s instructions according to local conditions.

- The air flow caused by these devices should not be directed towards the exit door of the room or the unit to avoid the dispersion of droplets out of the room or the unit.

- The air flow caused by these devices must not be directed towards the face of the user or another user if in a room accommodating several users. If this is not possible, a deflector or a screen could be installed in front of the device, to redirect the air flow away from the occupants’ faces.

- If present in a room accommodating several users, a risk assessment for each user accommodated in the room must be made. In addition, it is recommended to stop the rotation system of the pedestal fan in order to avoid radial or uncontrolled dispersion of particles.

Les Nouvelles du Pontiac

Denis Rossignol explains the procedures if a case of COVID-19 tests positive

21 September 2020

Following a possible case of COVID-19 in the Pontiac, CHIP 101.9 spoke with the director of the Centre de service scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l'Outaouais, Denis Rossignol, to learn more about the procedures that could affect the various schools in the Pontiac. Denis Rossignol explains that it is (...)

lire la suite

Fatal accident involving a motorcyclist occurred on Route 148 in Mansfield

20 September 2020

A tragic accident occurred last night (September 19), around 8:45 pm, on Road 148 in Mansfield-et-Pontefract. A motorcyclist, who obeyed all the rules of the Code de la Route, was hit by a SUV driven by a 21-year-old woman. Coming from the Poirier street, the SUV rolled over and crossed over (...)

lire la suite

Jane Toller thanks the employee of the CISSS de l'Outaouais who revealed to have tested positive

19 September 2020

The Warden of the MRC Pontiac, Jane Toller, thanked the employee of the Centre Intégré de Santé et de Services Sociaux de l'Outaouais who confirmed she had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Jane Toller congratulated this person for her courage, without whom this news would have remained a (...)

lire la suite

Campbell's Bay asks for MRC Pontiac support in resolving SHQ File

19 September 2020

During the most recent meeting of the Mayors of the MRC Pontiac, the Mayor of Campbell's Bay asked for the support of the MRC to resolve issues related to a Société d'Habitation du Quebec (SHQ) grant for a local resident. According to the Mayor Maurice Beauregard, the SHQ would only resolve this (...)

lire la suite

Fort-Coulonge / Mansfield resident declares herself positive for COVID-19

19 September 2020

A first person from the Fort-Coulonge / Mansfield area has announced last night on her Facebook that she is positive for COVID-19. She said she and her family have been in isolation since the time she received the results. Members of her family were tested yesterday. Marie-Pier Morais wished to (...)

lire la suite

Strike continues for the Family day care centers in the Pontiac

18 September 2020

In a recent interview with the union representative of the Family daycare centers (CPE) in the Pontiac Lissa Laroche, stated that the strikes for daycare centers will continue indefinitely as of Monday if the demands of the CPE's aren't met. CHIP101.9 · Clip - Lissa Laroche - strike This comes (...)

lire la suite