Quebec thought COVID-19 threatened hospitals, not

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As the threat of COVID-19 loomed before the pandemic, the Quebec government focused?on protecting hospitalsreads a portion of Oxford University,?oblivious to the damage the virus would soon?inflict on those living and working in?long-term care settings, according to the provincial minister responsible for seniors.

Marguerite Blais appeared Friday at:1622668622124,?the inquiry into deaths in long-term care homes,?delivering?her much-awaited testimony as a coroner tries to get to the bottom of what led to thousands of deaths during the pandemic’s first wave.

As Blais?was making her?opening statement, Coroner Géhane Kamel?pointed to?a letter the province’s Health Ministry sent on Jan. 28, 2020, in which it asked?the?heads of regional health boards?to begin preparing for the virus.

The letter made no specific mention of CHSLDs;?the initials, in French,?for long-term care homes.

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