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Regional update: COVID-19 numbers remain stable


CARLETON – For the second day in a row, the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands Public Health Board has no new COVID-19 cases or casualties to report.

However, the total number of COVID-19 cases, increased from 168 on Saturday to 169 on Sunday. That is because the Ministry of Health and Social Services redistributed 1317 cases detected between April 2 and 30, but had not been accounted for due to a computer glitch.

There are seven new individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, for a total of 101.

The number of casualties in the region is stable at 8.  

There are still 60 positive cases of COVID-19 in the territory.

Two people remain hospitalized, out of a total of 16 since the end of March.

The number of health sector employees who have contracted COVID-19 is stable at 40. Sixteen of those employees are from the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS).

The IGA grocery stores in Paspébiac and New Richmond, where an outbreak was reported on April 17, will reopen to customers. The reopening in Paspebiac will take place on May 4 and the IGA in New Richmond will reopen a week later. The two stores remained open for online and telephone orders.

The breakdown of the 169 cases by health region (containing a hospital) is as follows: 

  • Bay of Chaleur sector – 128
  • Rocher-Percé sector – 26 (an increase of 1)*
  • Magdalen Islands – 8
  • Côte-de-Gaspé – 5
  • Haute-Gaspésie – less than 5

Note: The Public Health Board does not release numbers in a sector if the number of cases is less than five.  The total of confirmed cases in a health region does not always correspond to the sum of cases in that health region (RLS) due to unknown values, data entry errors or transfers between regions. The total in one health region won’t necessarily correspond with the total for the outbreaks in that health region, since some cases are located (reside) in other health regions.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

  • 2205 deaths (an increase of 69)
  • 31,865 positive cases (an increase of 2209)*
  • 1754 total hospitalizations (an increase of 16)
  • 218 people in intensive care (a decrease of 4)

* The number of confirmed cases includes 1317 cases added retrospectively due to a computer problem. These cases, detected between April 2 and April 30, were mainly from the Montreal, Laval and Montérégie regions.

The next provincial briefing will be on Monday, May 4 (they are now only held three times per week).