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Regional update: 29 new cases during weekend of October 3 – 4


On October 3, 11 new COVID-19 cases were announced in the region. Seven in Avignon MRC, three in Bonaventure MRC, and one in Côte-de-Gaspé.

On October 4, 18 additional COVID-19 cases were announced in the region. Six in Avignon MRC, two in Bonaventure MRC, four in Rocher-Percé MRC, four in Côte-de-Gaspé and two in the Magdalen Islands (one isn’t currently in the region). Tracing is currently underway for all the new cases.

Public Health states that the difference between provincial and regional statistics can be explained by the rapidly changing situation and that adjustments will be made over the next few days.

CHSLD in Maria (Residence Saint-Joseph)

October 3: The number of cases among residents was (stable) at 22. Fifteen (+1) staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. Five (stable) individuals from the Residence Saint-Joseph have passed away as a result of COVID-19.

October 4: The number of cases among residents is (stable) at 22. Fifteen (stable) staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. Five (stable) individuals from the Residence Saint-Joseph have passed away as a result of COVID-19.

That CHSLD houses 91 residents and nearly 130 employees work there.

Lady Maria (RPA – Private Seniors’ Residence) outbreak

October 3: 33 residents (+2), and five (+1) employees of Lady Maria, located in Maria, have tested positive for COVID-19.

October 4: 35 residents (+2), and five (stable) employees of Lady Maria test positive for COVID-19.

The Lady Maria residence is home to 130 individuals and nearly 45 staff members work there.

Update – Réné-Levesque School Service Centre

As of October 4, the Réné-Levesque School Service Centre has confirmed seven cases and that one class has been quarantined. The educational facilities with positives cases are: CFP Chandler-Bonaventure (Bonaventure), CFP L’Envol (Carleton-sur-Mer), École Antoine-Bernard (Carleton-sur-Mer), École Bourg (Carleton-sur-Mer), École des Audomarois (Saint-Omer) and École Le Phare (Port-Daniel).

Complete portrait as of October 4

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands is now 450. Presently, 266 individuals have recovered. There are 169 active cases in the region. The total number of deaths is 15. There are currently three individuals hospitalized outside the region.

Regional: MRC of Residence of the Cases September 4

MRC / living environmentConfirmed casesSince Sept. 1Active CasesRate/ 100000 since Sept. 1
– Community
– Seniors’ residence
Bonaventure 762016114.5
Rocher-Percé 4814982.4
Magdalen Islands 27 1710136.6
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands450236156262

Source: Gaspé Peninsula Public Health Board. n.d.: not disclosed when less than 5 for privacy reasons

Alert Level 4 – Red

Given the worrisome epidemiological situation in the three municipalities of Maria, Carleton-sur-Mer and Nouvelle, the Regional Director of Public Health for the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, Dr. Yv Bonnier Viger, has announced that those municipalities will be moved to the maximum alert level (red). This new alert level will go in effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 5 and will continue until further notice.

Alert Level 4 (red)

At home (houses and cottages)

Prohibited: visitors from another address
– one visitor from another address for people who live alone (preferably always the same person)
– informal caregivers,
– individuals offering services or support
– labour for planned work
CHSLD, RPA private seniors’ residence and RI

Visits for humanitarian purposes
Visits by informal caregivers (one person, maximum of two people per day in CHSLDs)
Private gatheringsProhibited
Activities organized in a public place

Prohibited, except for places of worship and funerals (max. 25 people and an attendance register must be kept)
Demonstrations allowed (must wear masks)
Travelling between regions

Not recommended going to a greenyellow or orange zone, or outside Quebec (except for essential travel, students, workers, shared custody and freight)
Public venue halls and audiences in indoor public places

Auditoriums, cinemas, theatres and museums are closed
Libraries other than those in educational institutions are closed, except lending desks
RestaurantsDining rooms are closed
Delivery, takeout and drive-through orders only
Bars and pubsClosed.
Microbreweries and distilleries, closed only for their services for consumption of food or beverages on the premises
Businesses, stores and boutiquesOpen
Private professional and health servicesOpen only for services that require an individual’s presence
Personal and beauty care servicesServices maintained
Saunas and spas are closed, except personal care provided therein
Community organizationsServices maintained

Please note that rest of the Gaspé Peninsula will continue to be at Alert Level 3 (orange). At this level all citizens are asked avoid all unnecessary social contact. Please refer to previous post for details of regulations at this level.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

78,459 (+1079)5,878 (*+11)302 (+27)49 (+3)
* Nine of the deaths occurred between September 27 and October 2, 1 death occurred at an unknown date, and l death from a previous date was removed because it was discovered it wasn’t attributable to COVID-19.