Jewish Hospital backtracks, Quebec requests military help, STM hand sanitizers

Anchor: Hadassah Alencar 



Jewish Hospital backtracks on banning spouses during labour

The Jewish General hospital will again allow partners to attend births with their loved one. 

After enduring severe criticism for the previous ban, the hospital will allow women to be accompanied during and immediately after the birth as of April 23rd.

The spouse or partner will be screened for COVID-19 and given a questionnaire regarding any viral symptoms they may have. If they answer yes to any of the questions, they will not be permitted in the hospital.

Quebec requests 1,000 Armed Forces members for seniors' homes

Legault has requested an additional 1000 members of the Canadian Armed forces to help the province’s long-term care homes. The province currently has 125 military members working in senior homes.

Not only have the centers been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, they are experiencing a severe shortage of workers.

Legault said the situation in the seniors' residences is critical, and that the extra help will go towards non-medical tasks. 

STM to install touch-free hand sanitizers

As the province makes plans to start easing lockdown measures, the cities public transport prepares with new hygiene measures. 

Montreal’s STM will install 176 touch-free hand sanitizers at the entrance of metro stations for commuters. 

The first 125 will be installed by May 1st, with the rest by mid-may. Commuters will also be asked to continue social distancing while on the metro.