West Islanders were praying hard to be exempt from the COVID-19 pandemic, sadly cases are starting to pop up in the region. On March 28th, the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) announced that two people at Beaconsfield High School have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, later another letter was sent to parents with a correction that only one case is confirmed.

The school board said that two individuals are members of the same family, but did not mention whether they were students or staff.

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Sante Public suggests the probable dates of potential exposure are between March 9 and March 12. (Source: CTV)

Les Vents de l’Ouest à Sainte-Geneviève also reported one of their employees and one occupant tested positive to the virus this week and have been self quarantined for a week at the time of publication.  There are 300 residents now quarantined entirely with family members delivering supplies to the reception desk for distribution.

“My mother lives at Vents de l’Ouest in Ste-Genevieve,” explained Renee Menard. “Residents have not been allowed to leave their apartments this week due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.”

There is now a sign on the front and back doors advising all future visitors not to enter the premises.

“I am worried, visitors, nurses, CLSC caregivers and all delivery people are unaware they may have been in contact in the building the previous week and should be in quarantine,” explained Renee Menard. “My aunt and uncle, Bernard and Diane Ménard, were on the Diamond Princess stuck in Japan. They were all over the news as they were the first 2 from Quebec to have the coronavirus. Thankfully, they survived and made it back alive in Gatineau. Let’s say our family has been through a lot and we strongly believe transparency and information are a must. All Vents de l’Ouest visitors from the last couple of weeks should know.”