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Regional update: Changes to twinned communities


Public Health has announced 22 new cases of COVID-19. Nine of the new cases are in Avignon MRC, eight in Bonaventure MRC and five in Rocher-Percé. 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)

The number of cases among residents at Saint-Joseph is 23 (stable). Nineteen (stable) staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. Seven (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

Thirty-nine residents (stable), and eight (stable) employees at Lady Maria have tested 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

The Réné-Levesque School Service Centre has confirmed seventeen (+2) cases. Three classrooms have 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 (1 class); École des Audomarois, Saint-Omer; and École Le Phare, Port-Daniel (2 classes).

Twinning with New Brunswick communities

The New Brunswick government has announced that “effective at midnight tonight, the twinning agreement that allowed for non-essential day trips by residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec is suspended.”

Residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, will be permitted entry to obtain essential goods and services not available to them in their own community. Travel will also continue to be permitted for work, medical appointments, child custody agreements and to obtain child care. Kindergarten to grade 8 students from Quebec who attend school in New Brunswick will be permitted to cross into New Brunswick. High school students will be permitted entry on Friday, Oct. 9, but arrangements are being made to provide remote learning for high school students beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Complete portrait

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands is now 526 (+22). Presently, 295 (+12) individuals have recovered. There are 213 (+10) active cases in the region. The total number of deaths is 18 (stable). There are currently seven (+5) individuals hospitalized, a total of 28 overall since the beginning of the pandemic. There is one patient in intensive care (+1).

Regional: MRC of Residence

MRC / living environmentConfirmed casesSince Sept. 1Active CasesRate/ 100000 since Sept. 1
– Community
– Seniors’ res.
Bonaventure 943833217.5
Rocher-Percé 632922170.7
Côte-de-Gaspé 41239131.4
Magdalen Islands 27 178136.6
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands526312213346.4

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.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

82,992 (+1078)5,915 (*+9)425 (+16)68 (+6)
* Two deaths are from the last 24 hours, seven of the deaths occurred between October 1 and October 6, one death occurred prior to October 1 and one death was removed from the count because it was determined to not be caused by COVID-19.