Note: As of September 28, a new test centre will open at CLSC Côte-des-Neiges, by appointment only, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dès le 8 septembre, un nouvel horaire sera en vigueur dans les centres de prélèvements de nos CLSC (analyses sanguines et autres prélèvements). Ce changement n’a pas d’incidence sur noscliniques de dépistage de la COVID-19.
CLSC de Benny Farm : du lundi au vendredi, de 7 h 30 à 11 h 30
CLSC Métro : du lundi au vendredi, de 7 h 30 à 15 h 30
CLSC de Parc-Extension : du lundi au vendredi, de 7 h 30 à 15 h 30
CLSC René-Cassin : du lundi au vendredi, de 7 h 30 à 11 h 30
Les prélèvements sont effectués sur rendez-vous seulement. Vous devez prendre un rendez-vous en ligne à CLICSANTE.CAou, si ce n’est pas possible, en téléphonant au CLSC.
I usually go for my blood tests a few times a year at the CLSC René Cassin at Quartier Cavendish. In the past year they extended their hours from 7:30 am to 9:30 am, to 11:30 am, and added the two weekend days. It could not have been better. Then COVID-19 hit and people like me avoided locations like this and put blood tests on hold.à
In full protective gear as I head to the test center.
The fact that my last set of tests were some eight months ago concerned me, so today I went back with my requisitions. I was told that some people were arriving as early as 6 am to get a good timeslot, many of whom not properly social distancing. That was not a route I chose. I turned up at 7:30 am by which time the herd of masked men and women were told to leave the inside of the building and form a line outdoors. I waited until the line disappeared and the security guard handed me a piece of paper with a number and a 9:30 am appointment time.
Is this lineup for a rock concert or blood tests?
I returned at that time, was told to go inside and the process from there went fairly quickly. Only one person having blood drawn at a time. But with a second wave coming, the CIUSS West Central Montreal has just announced a new appointment only procedure. This will ensure that they can allow enough space for distancing by having as few people as possible in the waiting rooms. Walk-in visits will no longer be permitted.
As of August 10, anyone who wants to make an appointment at one of the CLSC test centres to have blood drawn or other samples tested must go to CLICSANTE.CA. Then they should choose “Blood test and specimens” and enter their postal code. Clic Santé will propose an appointment, which may not be for the same day. Since some people may find it difficult to gain access to this website, and in order to ensure a smooth transition, the CLSCs can also be phoned to book an appointment.
A statement I received says: “We understand that getting used to this change may take some time. However, given our new reality, it is important for us to implement this new system now, so that we can provide the best possible protection for our users, staff and visitors. Users can call the CLSC if they have any questions about the new appointment system.”
During this pandemic, it has been heartening to see different young people step up,
Take Elan Vigderhous for instance. The soon-to-be 15 year old Côte Saint-Luc resident has started a home-based business called “Care Packages,” which is composed of a week's worth of COVID supplies (mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer). For every purchase, $3 goes to Hope and Cope, which has been providing compassionate, supportive, evidence-based cancer care for over three decades. He chose that charity because his grandfather, noted musician Gideon Vigderhous, is now hospitalized due to an invasive cancer.
“A while back when quarantine started and school was suspended, my father started to teach me about business and we decided to put the lessons into practice,” said Elan, a Grade 10 student at Royal Vale School in NDG. “ I decided to start a business that not only would be helpful to the clients, but I wanted to make sure I could help a charity close to home too. I liked the idea of making gift boxes that could be sent to a family member or friend, as a gift. I decided that the box should include the essentials: masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. I also added a little candy, to make it a little sweeter.”
Elan is putting his free time to good use.
Originally Elan was going to raise money for COVID-19 relief, but given the fact his grandfather got diagnosed with melanoma a few years ago and recently he had to go to the hospital, he opted for Hope and Cope.
Since launching a website at https://www.care-packages.ca, orders have started to roll in. “I enjoy running my first business, and I go to work every day working on sales, marketing, packaging and delivery,” said Elan.
Here is a message from Mayor Mitchell Brownstein which is being transmitted via telephone today about our new mask bylaw.
Let me just first say that I appreciate the people who are wearing masks in buildings and commercial establishments. What concerns me is the number of individuals I see not wearing masks properly: exposing their nose, touching it with their hands, not washing the reusable version. If you are going to wear it, please follow the correct guidelines. This video will help.
This is Mayor Mitchell Brownstein with an update on COVID-19. Starting July 1, the city will begin enforcing bylaw 2557, which makes face coverings mandatory in our municipal buildings and at commercial establishments, like the supermarket, hair salon or pharmacy. When you go shopping, you must wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose. In addition, condos and apartments are required to install hand sanitizer dispensers and put up city signage recommending the wearing of masks in their common areas.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve distributed thousands of disposable and reusable masks to residents. If you need more, our local pharmacies have them in stock. You can also make one with an old t-shirt and elastic bands. Link to the instructions are at CoteSaintLuc.org.
Every week, we announce updates to our reopening plan. For instance, the Parkhaven Pool reopened last week and admission is free for Côte Saint-Luc residents. Our full reopening schedule is posted at CoteSaintLuc.org.
As you know, restaurants, fitness centres, and malls are reopening across Quebec. These decision are all provincial ones, and although it feels good to return to a sense of normalcy, we’re not out of the woods, yet. With more contact between people, it is inevitable that the number of COVID-19 cases will rise at a rate higher than today. We need to all do part to keep the number of new cases under control. Wash your hands, keep your distance, and wear a face covering.
Finally, I hope you all enjoyed the Quebec National Holiday on Wednesday. And I hope you join us for our virtual Canada Day celebrations on July 1. Visit CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay to learn more.
Thank you for taking my call today. I wish you and your family a safe and healthy summer.
I never leave home without my mask.
Ici le maire Mitchell Brownstein avec une mise à jour sur la COVID-19. À partir du 1er juillet, la ville commencera à appliquer le règlement 2557, qui rend obligatoire le port du couvre-visage dans les bâtiments municipaux et dans les établissements commerciaux, comme les supermarchés, les salons de coiffure et les pharmacies. Lorsque vous faites des achats, vous devez porter un couvre-visage qui couvre votre bouche et votre nez. Aussi, les immeubles d’appartements et les copropriétés doivent installer des distributeurs de désinfectant pour les mains et installer des affiches recommandant le port d'un couvre-visage dans les aires communes.
Au cours des dernières semaines, nous avons distribué des milliers de masques jetables et réutilisables aux résidants. S’il vous en faut davantage, vous pouvez vous en procurer dans nos pharmacies locales. Vous pouvez également en fabriquer avec un vieux t-shirt et des élastiques, vous trouverez sur CoteSaintLuc.org un lien vers des instructions.
Chaque semaine, nous annonçons les mises à jour de notre plan de réouverture. Par exemple, la piscine Parkhaven a rouvert la semaine dernière et l'entrée est gratuite pour les résidants de Côte Saint-Luc. Notre calendrier complet de réouverture est publié sur CoteSaintLuc.org.
Comme vous le savez, des restaurants, des centres de conditionnement physique et des centres commerciaux rouvrent leurs portes partout au Québec. Ce sont des décisions provinciales et, bien qu'il soit bon de retrouver un sentiment de retour à la normale, le virus n’est pas derrière nous. Avec plus de contacts entre personnes, il est inévitable que le nombre de cas de COVID-19 augmente à un rythme plus élevé qu'aujourd'hui. Nous devons tous faire notre part pour garder le nombre de nouveaux cas sous contrôle. Lavez-vous les mains, gardez vos distances et portez un couvre-visage.
Enfin, j'espère que vous avez passé une belle Fête nationale du Québec mercredi dernier. Et j'espère aussi que vous serez des nôtres pour les célébrations virtuelles de la Fête du Canada du 1er juillet. Consultez CoteSaintLuc.org/CanadaDay pour en savoir plus.
Merci d'avoir pris mon appel aujourd'hui. Je vous souhaite, à vous et à votre famille, un bel été en santé et toute sécurité.
Before I share with you a report by Douglas Gelevan of CBC about pools reopening this summer, I wish to reiterate my position on the subject. I am very uncomfortable with all of this.
Our own Parkhaven Pool will reopen with very strict guidelines. As for pools in condo and apartment buildings, especially outdoor ones, I am not confident that these entities can properly keep everyone safe. This issue will be discussed at our public council meeting on Monday night, May 25.
"We want to find a way to make sure summer feels like summer this year," said Lucie Roy, the president of the Association des responsables aquatiques du Québec, which manages public swimming areas in the province.
The association recently conducted a poll of 224 of its members, which include various cities, towns and schools with pools, across 109 municipalities and found 73 per cent feel positive they will be able to open their public pools and beaches this summer.
Roy says many managers are still targeting their regular window of the week of June 24 to July 1.
But even if public health gives the green light for community pools and beaches to open, the final decision will ultimately fall to each individual municipality, school board or manager, Roy said, because they are footing the bill and are the ones who need to justify the operational costs.
It's estimated that opening with limited access to adhere to new physical-distancing guidelines would reduce the number of people in the water by 70 per cent.
And still, the poll found the main concern among managers is how they will operate their facilities safely.
Roy says the ARAQ is currently working on a three-phase plan.
Phase one includes opening up the sites so a small number of employees can prepare them. Phase two would be teaching staff how to execute their jobs while respecting new physical-distancing guidelines. Phase three would be the opening up to the public for aqua activities without contact.
Roy says the time frame needed to open an outdoor pool is around three to four weeks.
What the science says
Microbiologist and public health consultant Vicky Huppé says the risk for transmitting COVID-19 through water is relatively low, and adding chlorine to the water reduces the risk even further.
She says the biggest risk at a public swimming area won't come from the water, but rather from contact with other swimmers. Practicing physical distancing while in the water should limit the risk of transmission in the same way it does on dry land.
As for beaches, Huppé said more studies are needed before she can draw any firm conclusions.
But she feels that even if a person diagnosed with COVID-19 were to take a swim and secrete the virus through their skin into the water, the risk of transmission would be low because the virus would be diluted into such a large volume of water.
Good news for athletes, bad news for young kids?
The CEO of Sport Québec, Alain Deschamps says this all adds up to good news for athletes who use pools for training.
"So far, the municipalities are telling us that it should be OK [to swim]. The issue is, how do you put your bathing suit on? Do you have access to the lockers, toilets and whatnot?" said Deschamps.
Deschamps believes creating a safe area to change and shower is doable but the outlook is not so positive, however, for children who want to use the pools just for fun.
"That's going to be a big, big issue."
Deschamps said it will be tougher to enforce physical-distancing rules in areas specifically for kids, therefore many municipalities don't think those zones can be opened up safely.
He says parents should expect kid-friendly play areas to be shuttered all summer long.
With files from Radio-Canada's Jean-Patrick Balleux
Recently, Jaclyn faced a language barrier with a patient on the unit and reacted in a truly beautiful way. Colleague Kendra Berry saw what happened and was moved to write about it in an email to their mutual colleagues and supervisors:
“Today I witnessed something beautiful and heartwarming that I wanted to share,” Kendra wrote. “ Jaclyn was performing a swallowing evaluation with a patient on the COVID unit. There was a language barrier, so Jaclyn contacted the family and placed them on speaker phone. I believe this was the first contact that they had with the patient. Their voices were filled with love, gratitude and relief. It brought tears to my eyes. Jaclyn gave them such a gift. On each of her units, her gestures are having positive impacts on patients and their families. I am inspired by her bravery, dedication and perseverance. Very proud of my entire OT Department. Let’s keep chasing these rainbows.”
When Kashif Baig, manager of Occupational Therapy, Adult Sites, read Kendra’s account, he was filled with joy: “The poise and calm demonstrated by Jaclyn is remarkable, especially considering how busy she is. Jaclyn had the empathy and resourcefulness to balance her clinical need for a translator with the patient’s emotional needs. The fact that this was brought to my attention by Kendra makes me even more proud; it shows how my team celebrates each other’s victories.”
Beginning May 20, non-organized outdoor recreational sports activities carried out individually or in pairs, without physical contact and with limited or no access to sanitation facilities, will be permitted:
Non-organized leisure activities
Whitewater and still water canoeing and kayaking
Scuba diving and snorkeling (outdoors)
Horseback riding (outdoors)
Non-organized outdoor recreational sports activities carried out individually or in pairs, without physical contact and with limited or no access to sanitation facilities
Track and field (outdoor running and throwing events)
Rowing (singles only)
Speed canoeing and kayaking (singles only)
Open water swimming (lakes)
Rollerblading on streets, bike paths or tracks
Outdoor tennis (singles only)
Triathlon (open water swimming only)
Sailing (single rider only)
All of these activities may be carried out by individuals with a physical disability, provided they do not need assistance from anyone other than a person living with them.
Provincial sports federations and recreational and outdoor activity organizations have worked in collaboration with the Québec government to develop guidelines tailored to their respective fields and disciplines. These organizations are responsible for informing their members of these guidelines and for making it clear that health and safety guidelines, especially hygiene rules, must be followed in order to ensure that activities are practised safely.
Additional phases in the resumption of activities will be announced at a later date and will be based on the following criteria:
Physical distancing during the activity
Activity context (e.g. non-organized versus supervised training or competition)
What does this all mean for Côte Saint-Luc? I expect that our tennis courts at Rembrandt Park will reopen. As for Wagar, that must be discussed with the school board. The larger tennis club on Guelph is likely to remain closed.
As for summer camp and pools., I am not in favor of either returning this summer. This includes Parkhaven Pool and any other that is part of a condominium or an apartment building. During this COVID-19 period they are nothing more than giant petri dishes. I believe most of council concurs and we will pronounce ourselves officially soon.
Meadowbrook Golf Course can reopen. However we have decided to cancel our annual Golf Classic, which was slated fo August, to be on the safe side.
Dr. Jonathan Trager is a true local boy makes good story. Raised in Côte-Saint-Luc, he was a member of their Emergency Medical Services from 1994 to 2001. En route to becoming a physician in Pensylvannia, he continued to pursue his passion of serving as a paramedic Today Jonathan is the medical director of St. Luke's Emergency and Transport Services in Fountainville Pensylvannia, very much in the trenches fighting the coronavirus. But he also has the title of Major in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of Solomon Schechter Academy and Bialik High School.
Montreal has more confirmed cases of the virus than any other Canadian city. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 17,442 confirmed cases on the island, and 1,562 people with the virus had died. Côte Saint-Luc is no longer among the highest on the list.
Over the course of this terrible pandemic so many people in our community have truly risen to the occasion.
When Alyssa Grunstein was contacted by her uncle to help bake 1,100 cookies single wrapped for the staff and front-line workers at the seven sites under CIUSSS West Central Montreal -Donald Berman Maimonides, Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare, Mount Sinai, Saint Margaret, Saint Andrew, Father Dowd and Henri Bradet – her natural instinct was to agree.
“That is a lot of cookies to bake for one person,” said her husband Yair Meyers.
With two posts by Alyssa, the couple were able to obtain over 800 cookies. “We realized that we can do this weekly,” said Yair.
With the help of master of all trades Judah Aspler, they came up with a snappy flyer. Now they are trying to get as many bakers as possible to bake for this beautiful initiative.
Volunteers on the move.
The group is called Operation Feel the Love. “We drop off the box at the security desk at each location and there is a person on site that represents us to handle the distribution to the workers,” he explains.
Yair wanted to personally thank Councillor David Tordjman and Shiri Tamam who he considers as essential volunteers with the group
“I would like to try and get as many bakers as possible,” said Yair. “ I think there is an entire market of bakers from the non- Jewish community who could love to help with this.”