Public well being authorities in Quebec Metropolis are scrambling to cease a serious outbreak at a Quebec Metropolis convent from spreading additional, as 39 nuns and 43 staffers on the Soeurs de la Charité congregation have already examined optimistic for COVID-19.
A gaggle of nurses, affected person attendants, and license sensible nurses had been deployed to the convent on Wednesday to offer help, and are nonetheless engaged on web site.
A complete of about 300 nuns dwell within the constructing situated within the Quebec Metropolis suburb of Beauport.
“The approaching days will likely be tough for the congregation and its staff, and our precedence is the well-being of the nuns who’re going by means of tough moments,” mentioned Jean M. Gagné in an announcement issued Friday night by the corporate that manages the constructing, Company de Providers Mallet.
Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, the archbishop of Quebec, supplied prayers and help to these affected.
“We ask the Lord to bless them in order that they could undergo this problem with hope and with braveness,” mentioned Cardinal Lacroix in a video assertion launched Saturday.
Marguerite Blais, the provincial seniors’ minister, additionally issued an announcement, calling the state of affairs “worrisome” whereas expressing confidence in what public well being staff are doing to restrict the unfold the virus throughout the convent.
Members of three different spiritual orders dwell in the identical convent, together with the Sisters of the Visitation and the Missionary Sisters of Our Girl of Africa.