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Regional update: Four new cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands


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.