Victoria Salvan, 64-yr old orderly at Grace Dart Extended Care Centre died, at home, from COVID-19 complications on Friday, two days after having tested positive.
This wife and mother of two immigrated from the Philippines in 1986 and had been working at Grace Dart for over 25 years. She was a few months away from retirement.
On Saturday, the union representing Grace Dart employees released a statement confirming her death. CUPE 2281 President Jonathan Deschamps said: “In the most difficult circumstances, she was devoted to the residents and their fate was dear to her. In recent times, she worked several additional shifts to meet their basic needs.”
Also on Saturday, the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal stated that 62 residents have been confirmed to have the virus, as well as 18 staff members. Victoria Salvan was working in the “red zone” of the Grace Dart Centre, which is home to 256 residents. “It seems that words are not enough to describe the challenges of our current situation. I know you’re tired. I know you are anxious. I know that you are sad. We all are,” added CIUSSS President and CEO, Lynne McVey.
The regional health board stated that all Grace Dart employees would be tested for COVID-19 today.
This is the first death among employees holding this type of job in Québec.
The Grace Dart Extended Care Centre is a public establishment of the Centre intégré universitaire de soins et de service sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal offering permanent and temporary housing and long term care to a clientele with severe loss of autonomy.
(CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is at the core of a Réseau Territorial de Services (RTS) and responsible for ensuring the delivery of healthcare services to the population in its health and social service territory, including the public health aspect.