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COVID-19 outbreak among employees at Lac-Leamy Casino

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The health authority in western Quebec has reported a COVID-19 outbreak among employees at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec.

The Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSO) confirmed the outbreak on Thursday, just days after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed that the casino – one of the largest in the region – was not enforcing mask-wearing rules.

Loto-Québec announced in a statement Thursday evening that nine workers had tested positive.

The outbreak was linked to a gathering of employees outside of working hours, the province's state-owned company said. Some of the affected employees were already working from home, while others worked in supervisory roles with little customer contact, Loto-Québec said.

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

The outbreak came after a Radio-Canada investigation found that the casino had failed to enforce a requirement for customers to wear masks while on the dance floor or moving around the premises.

CISSSO said it was for contact tracing and screening of casino staff.

Since public health measures were relaxed on November 15 and standing and dancing were allowed again in the province, Gatineau police say they have visited the casino nine times.

However, all of the calls were about fake vaccination certificates and not about health measures, police said.