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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Quebec Workers’ Board says five COVID-19 deaths linked to workplaces in 2021

MONTREAL — Five Quebec workers died of acquired COVID-19 infections at work in 2021, according to the province’s Workers’ Compensation Board.

The board, called the Commission des Norms de l’Equite de la Sante et de la Securit du Travail, said it has accepted a total of 15 claims made by estates of people who have been away from the workplace since its inception. acquired COVID-19 infection. pandemic, spokesman Antoine Leclerc-Loisel said in an email. The other three deaths were being investigated, he said.

In a separate study, Montreal’s Department of Health said that during the first three waves of the pandemic, workers in the city’s manufacturing sector and its transportation and storage sectors were more likely to catch COVID-19 at work than employees in other industries. Was.

The study, released on Thursday, found that those two areas in the city accounted for 37 percent of workplace outbreaks between March 2020 and July 2021, even though they employed 22 percent of people who worked individually during the pandemic. did.

Dr Alexandra Kosowski, with the Department of Public Health, said those two regions are likely to have more COVID-19 outbreaks as businesses in manufacturing and transportation and warehousing remained open longer than restaurants and retail stores.

“We had workers who are on site and who were there for a lot of days during the pandemic,” she said in an interview on Thursday.

The study found that food and beverage manufacturing facilities were most affected.

The study showed that the number of workplace outbreaks and the number of infected workers increased from the first wave to the second, only to decline in the third wave. Kossowski attributed the third wave decline in workplace outbreaks and infections to vaccination.

Kosowski said it is not possible to compare the sixth wave of the pandemic with the third wave due to a lack of data.

“We no longer have access to the data that was available during the first three waves, in particular because with the advent of Omicron, testing and tracing capacity was rapidly exceeded,” she said.

The study did not include the health and social services sectors, correctional institutions, placement agencies or public transportation. The city’s police and fire services were also put out.

Meanwhile, Quebec on Thursday reported a 57-patient decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and 18 more deaths linked to the disease. The health department said there were 2,119 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 64 in intensive care, a decline of 14 from a day earlier. It said 21,313 doses of the vaccine were given in the last 24 hours, including 18,783 in the fourth dose.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health said all residents of Quebec 18 and over can receive a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Quebec expanded the fourth dose to people 60 and over on April 11.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 5, 2022.

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