(Photo screenshot of CISSS Medical Consultant, Dr. Richard Fachehoun, at the Press Brief)
LOCAL NEWS - APRIL 16, 2020: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
A press briefing was held this afternoon by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) regarding the COVID-19 situation on the North Shore. The press briefing was led by Ms. Dyane Benoît, Acting Assistant Executive Director, and CISSS Medical Consultant, Dr. Richard Fachehoun.
The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord is pleased that the Canadian Rangers will assist on the Lower North Shore territory, a meeting had taken place between the CISSS de la Côte-Nord and the Rangers yesterday afternoon to discuss logistics.
CFBS inquired as to what specific role did the CISSS request the Rangers have in the Lower North Shore Communities. It was explained that the Canadian Rangers will be monitoring and ensuring the application of all measures, to help with food distribution if needed, and to also support the CISSS for certain points of control or awareness and screening areas if needed. Their tasks would be adjusted according to the different needs of the Lower North Shore communities.
With it now being stated that the COVID-19 critical children's cases are to be allowed to have an escort if transferred to hospital, CFBS asked what is the current position for the seniors of the Lower North Shore being transferred and if they too will be approved for an escort? It was stated by Ms. Dyane Benoît, the Acting Assistant Executive Director, that discussions are currently in progress with regard to the seniors who are transferred and that the directives will be confirmed in the coming days.
It was also asked if a person who tests positive for COVID-19, depending on the situation, would a nurse visit them at home or would there only be telephone interventions to provide care. It was explained that the procedure is to begin with telephone interviews, depending on the health status of individuals and if there are other cases at the time, the CISSS would adjust the treatment according to these factors to provide care.
For the North Shore territorty, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently sits at 101 as of Thursday afternoon. According to CISSS medical consultant Richard Fachehoun, 57 people have recovered so far on the North Shore from coronavirus.