WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- One medical worker at CHSLD Résidence Herron in Canada faked symptoms so that her request for coronavirus testing is approved.
- She was told that she did not need to be tested, but after faking symptoms she tested positive for the coronavirus.
- The medical worker contracted the virus from the nursing home before resigning from her job and had wanted to be tested for the virus to circumvent the possibilities of starting another outbreak at the next nursing home.
One medical worker in Canada claims that she had to fake symptoms to qualify for coronavirus testing. After denied requests, her test results came back positive for the virus.
Kristy-Lyn Kemp made the request to be tested for coronavirus by calling a hotline in Quebec on Sunday, but her request was denied even after she specified her exposure to the virus after the nursing home where she was previously employed in reported a coronavirus outbreak, the CBC reported.
“I told them I was coming from a COVID-positive environment, but I was completely asymptomatic. They told me I didn’t need a test,” Kemp said.
The nurse made another call on the hotline, faking a French accent for intentional misidentification. “I made up symptoms. I said I had a fever and a cough. And that’s when they gave me an appointment,” Kemp said.
The request to be tested was approved thereafter, and her test results came back positive for the virus about 24 hours later. Kemp said she wanted to be tested for coronavirus to guarantee that she would not start a virus outbreak at the new nursing home in Lachine where she will be working.
“Had I brought it to the new place, I don’t know what I would have done. I would have been absolutely devastated,” Kemp said.
Kemp resigned from her post at CHSLD Résidence Herron in Dorval. The private-owned nursing home recorded 33 residents that died from complications related to the virus, and had requested that government aid in dealing with the outbreak since.
The government has taken over the management at CHSLD Résidence Herron last month, leading three separate inquiries, including a criminal investigation under the directive of Montreal Police.
The Ministry of Health maintains that symptomatic health professionals with direct contact with coronavirus patients are priorities for coronavirus testing. The medical workers and staff at CHSLD Résidence Herron are tested for coronavirus, irrespective of symptomatology, the spokesperson for the ministry reports.
Kemp said that she has no idea how her request to be tested for the virus was approved.
“The consequences could have been catastrophic,” she said.
The nurse is in self-isolation, waiting until she receives two back-to-back negative test results before starting with her next job.
Source: New York Post