After faking to have symptoms for COVID-19 to get tested, a nurse, unfortunately, tested positive for it. According to Kristy-Lynn Kemp, she reportedly called a hotline in Quebec, Canada in order to get tested.
She was dismissed even though she explained that she works at a care home that is currently having a COVID-19 outbreak. “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,” she said in an interview.
Baffled as to why she was turned away, she called back and put on a French accent so they wouldn’t suspect it was the same person. “I made up symptoms. I said I had a fever and cough. And that’s when they gave me an appointment,” Kemp said.
After 24 hours, her results came back positive. Kemp wanted to be tested because she’s afraid of starting an outbreak at her new job, a care home in Lachine.
“Had I brought it to the new place, I don’t know what I would have done. I would have been absolutely devastated,” she said, noting that her current workplace is undergoing an outbreak.
It’s reported that at least 33 residents in the CHSLD Résidence Herron already died from COVID-19 complications. The facility is now the subject to at least three separate inquiries, including a criminal investigation by Montreal police.
According to a spokesman from the Ministry of Health, symptomatic health professionals are a priority when it comes to testing. Staffers at the CHSLD Résidence Herron are required to get tested, with or without symptoms. As for Kemp, she doesn’t know why she got refused the first time.
“The consequences would have been catastrophic,” said the nurse who now has to wait for two negative COVID-19 tests before starting her new job.
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