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Regional Update: 8 new cases, Maria and Chandler hospitals become designated centres for COVID-19 cases


Public Health has announced 8 new cases of COVID-19. Five of the new cases are in the Bonaventure MRC, two in Rocher-Percé and one in Côte-de-Gaspé.

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)

The number of cases among residents at Saint-Joseph is 24 (stable). Twenty-two (stable) staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. Nine 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

Forty residents (stable), and nine (stable) employees at Lady Maria have tested positive for COVID-19.

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

CHSLD New Carlisle

According to the CISSS there is a COVID-19 outbreak at CHSLD in New Carlisle. Seven (+1) employees and five patients are affected by this outbreak. All residents and the majority of employees have been screened. For prevention, all residents are in isolation in their rooms, all employees continue to wear personal protective equipment.

This residence houses 66 residents and employs 118 people.

Maria Hospital outbreak

According to the CISSS there is currently a COVID-19 outbreak at Maria Hospital. Five employees have tested positive and, so far, no patients are involved in the outbreak.

Updated List – Réné-Levesque School Service Centre

The Réné-Levesque School Service Centre has confirmed seventeen (-6) cases. Two classrooms have been quarantined.

The educational facilities with positives cases are:

  • École des Audomarois, Saint-Omer (1 case)
  • École Antoine-Bernard, Carleton-sur-Mer (1 case)
  • École Polyvalent, Paspébiac (1 case)
  • École La Source, Paspébiac (1 case)
  • École Le Phare, Port-Daniel (11 cases – 2 classes)
  • École polyvalente Mgr Sévigny, Chandler (1 case)
  • École St-Joseph, Chandler (1 case)

Complete portrait

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands is now 719 (+8). Presently, 492 (+5) individuals have recovered. There are 204 (-3) active cases in the region. The total number of deaths is 23 . There are currently twelve (+2) individuals hospitalized.

Regional: MRC of Residence

MRC / living environmentConfirmed casesSince Sept. 1Active CasesRate/ 100000 since Sept. 1
– Community
– Seniors’ res.




Bonaventure (+5)18212676435.1
Rocher-Percé (+2)1036938223.7
Côte-de-Gaspé (+1)56381374.3
Haute-Gaspésie 11n.d.n.d.n.d.
Magdalen Islands27n.d.n.d.n.d.
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands719505204226.5

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

The Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands region is at Alert Level 3 – Orange, with the exception of the following three municipalities: Maria, Carleton-sur-Mer and Nouvelle, which are at Alert Level 4 – Red.

Please consult previous posts for measures related to each Alert Level.

Maria and Chandler hospitals become designated centres for COVID-19 cases

According to the CISSS, Maria and Chandler hospitals are becoming designated COVID-19 centres in the region beginning today October 19.

Patients requiring intensive care will be transferred out of the region according to the COOLSI procedures established at the provincial level.

The CISSS will have a total of 30 beds for the population. There will be 13 beds designated in Maria hospital, 7 beds in Chandler hospital and 10 beds in Gaspé hospital.

In order to securely accommodate COVID-19 cases, the necessary services and procedures respecting infection prevention and control measures will be put in place.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

94,429 (+1,038)6,044 (*+6)532 (+5)92 (+4)

* Two deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, one death occurred between October 12 and October 17 and three at an unknown date.