Hiring 10,000 orderlies ‘crucial’ to preventing 2nd coronavirus wave in Quebec, Legault says

Quebec is launching a widespread campaign to train and hire 10,000 people to work as orderlies in its embattled long-term care homes as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

Premier François Legault said he is counting on the goodwill of Quebecers to enlist for what he described as a rewarding career. The training begins mid-June.

“This operation is crucial to prepare ourselves for a possible second wave,” he said.

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Legault said the challenges facing long-term care facilities date back to previous governments, but that he is accepting responsibility for his role in their management.

“It’s time to fix this shameful problem,” he said.

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Quebec continues to have the highest number of cases and deaths attributable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in the country.

Since the health crisis began, Quebec has reported 51,593 cases. On Tuesday,

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