CARLETON – The Regional Public Health Board is reporting four additional cases of coronavirus in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, as of March 30. This brings the overall total for the region to 13 cases.
Of the four new cases, one person was transferred to a designated hospital, in Quebec City. It is the first case of someone from the Gaspé Peninsula or Magdalen Islands being hospitalized due to Covid-19.
In two of the four new cases, the people had travelled; one outside the country and one to another part of Quebec. The two other cases were infected by people living under the same roof. They are the first two such cases in the region.
The first nine people infected in the region had travelled outside Quebec, seven outside the country and two elsewhere in Canada.
Those infected with Covid-19 are not formally hospitalized in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands, explains Clémence Beaulieu-Gendron, communications officer for the Regional Integrated Health and Social Service Centre. If necessary, they are put in isolation, in one of the region’s hospitals while awaiting test results. They are transferred to a designated hospital in Quebec City, only if the condition of their health does not allow them to stay at home.
On March 28, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault announced the latest measures at the government’s daily briefing regarding the covid-19 crisis. Ms. Guilbault said the government would be implementing restrictions to protect the northern and eastern regions that are isolated and are home to a vulnerable population.
The Gaspé Peninsula is one of the eight regions affected by the new measure.
In order to monitor entry into and exit from the region, control points have been set up at airports, maritime facilities, as well as on the various routes that allow entry to the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands. Only those fitting the following exceptions will be permitted to enter the region:
- have their principal residence on the Gaspé;
- transporting goods to the region permitting the continuity of providing priority services (strict checks will be made);
- displacement is necessary for humanitarian purposes;
- travel is necessary to obtain required health care or services or to provide such care or services to a person who requires them;
- to work in a workplace where priority services are offered;
- to comply with an order contained in a judgment rendered by a court;
- arriving directly from an area where access is limited.
IMPORTANT: Despite the exceptions, access to the region is strictly prohibited for people with symptoms related to COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat or loss of smell).