Lac-Leamy casino hit by COVID-19 outbreak among staff

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Public health is screening staff at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. Eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19, Loto-Québec said in a statemen Thursday. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Public health is screening staff at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. Eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19, Loto-Québec said in a statemen Thursday. (Michel Aspirot/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Western Quebec's health unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff of the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que.

The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais (CISSSO) confirmed the outbreak Thursday, only days after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed the casino — one of the largest in the region — was failing to enforce mask-wearing policies.

Loto-Québec said in a Thursday evening statement that nine workers have tested positive.

The outbreak is related to staff gathering outside of work, the provincial crown corporation said. Some of the staff involved were already working from home, while others were in supervisory roles with little customer contact, Loto-Québec said.

This is the first staff outbreak at a Loto-Québec facility since the start of the pandemic, it said.

The outbreak comes after Radio-Canada's investigation found that the casino failed to enforce masking rules for customers while they were on the dance floor or moving around the premises.

CISSSO said it is contact tracing and screening staff at the casino.

Since public health measures were relaxed to allow standing and dancing in the province on Nov. 15, the Gatineau Police Service says it has attended the casino nine times.

All calls were related to fake vaccine passports, however, not health measures, police said.

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