COVID-19 outbreak: owner of Mega Fitness Gym refuses to take the blame

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COVID-19 outbreak: owner of Mega Fitness Gym refuses to take the blame

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Mega Fitness Gym is said to be the cause of nearly 700 infections and a dozen deaths related to COVID-19, but its owner still refuses to be located when its facility reopens on Monday.

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The outbreak at the training center located in the Duberger-Les Saules district of Quebec City directly resulted in 225 cases, six hospitalizations and one death, according to the document obtained by TVA Nouvelles.


Dan Marina.  Owner of the Mega Fitness gym

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Dan Marina. Owner of the Mega Fitness gym

To this are added 70 secondary outbreaks, in particular that of the Séminaire Saint-François which generated 123 positive cases. The latter had to close its doors on March 29, almost at the same time as the Mega Fitness Gym.

  • Listen to Geneviève Pettersen’s column with Benoit Dutrizac on QUB Radio:

“Five or six fools”

These secondary outbreaks led to 461 secondary cases, eight hospitalizations and nine deaths. They have affected businesses, daycare centers, residences, restaurants, entertainment centers, construction sites, as well as the health network.

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“This is an example of what can happen when several unvaccinated people who believe they are poorly affected by the disease come together,” complains the head of intensive care at the Quebec College of Cardiology and Pulmonology. doctor Mathieu Simone.


The Mega Fitness Gym will welcome customers again on Monday

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The Mega Fitness Gym will welcome customers again on Monday

Among the likely victims of lax health measures within the establishment, we find Étienne Desrochers-Jean, 40.

Enrolled in the gym, he died on April 5, but the coroner has yet to determine if he contracted the virus there.

Despite everything, despite being arrested several times by the Public Health and minimizing the pandemic, the owner of the Mega Fitness Gym, Dan Marino, refuses to take the blame for this lightning-fast spread of the virus. According to him, it is above all some customers who are refractory to the measures who are wrong.

Rejecting our interview requests, he told other Quebec City media outlets that he took some of the blame, “but we shouldn’t be blamed for five or six fools walking around the gym without a mask.”

No measure

However, the regional director of public health, Dr André Dontigny, confirms that it was the failure to enforce health measures within the establishment that led to its forced closure.

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“The best way to ensure that there is no diffusion is that the venue is not open. We had a place where the measures had not been put in place. “

Asked to react, Prime Minister François Legault recalled that gyms in the Quebec region could reopen on Monday, but that health measures must absolutely be respected.

“I hope he has learned from his mistakes,” said Minister Geneviève Guilbault, speaking of Dan Marino.

– With Alain Laforest, TVA Nouvelles

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