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While you were sleeping: Association suspended Résidence Herron back in May

And the Montreal health network is on the lookout for cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

MONTREAL, QUE.: APRIL 8, 2020 -- CHSLD Herron in Dorval, west of Montreal Wednesday April 8, 2020. (John Mahoney / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64231 - 8711

Here’s what happened late Thursday and early Friday.

Quebec’s association of private seniors’ residences says it will wait for all the investigations into Résidence Herron in Dorval to be completed before deciding whether to make its suspension permanent. Responding to a government report released this week blaming the owners of the long-term care facility where at least 38 people died during the pandemic, Michel Nardella, president of the Association des Établissements de Longue Durée Privés du Québec, revealed his organization suspended the Herron’s membership back in May. That was a short time after it was revealed that staff at the facility had abandoned their posts, leaving residents severely dehydrated and covered in their own excrement, and that the local public health authority had placed the Herron under trusteeship. A CHSLD doesn’t require membership in the association to operate. Ultimately it will be for the government to decide whether the owner of the Herron, Groupe Katasa, gets to keep its permit, Nardella said. It’s the first time the association has suspended a member, he added.

The Montreal regional public health department issued a call for caution on Thursday after a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in LaSalle. Seven cases were reported to the public health authority between Sept. 9 and Sept. 22, it said in a press release. The call for caution is a warning to the health network to watch for cases of Legionnaires’ disease — a respiratory infection that can be caused by breathing in fine water droplets in the air that are contaminated with Legionella bacteria — since its symptoms may be confused with those of COVID-19.

Two men aged 27 and 41 are expected to face drug-trafficking charges Friday in the wake of raids in Longueuil and Sorel that saw police seize a stockpile of drugs that included 35,000 capsules of methamphetamine. Officers also seized $26,000 in cash, a handgun, 1.95 kilograms of cocaine, a collection of non-prescription drugs, a “small” quantity of hashish and two motor vehicles. The total value of the items seized is estimated at more than $625,000.

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