CARLETON – The Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands Public Health Board has reported four new cases of COVID-19 bringing the regional total to 156.
Two of the four new cases are linked to a known cluster, but not to any of the primary ones (Manoir du Havre, Residence Saint Joseph or IGA Paspebiac/New Richmond).
The third new case involves someone from the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS).
The origin of the fourth new case is still under investigation.
There are no additional casualties or hospitalizations. Two people are still hospitalized in Rimouski. Seven additional individuals have healed from the coronavirus, for a total of 53.
The number of people working in the health sector who have been contaminated with COVID-19 is now 34. That total includes a new case from today and another which had been part of a Public Health Board investigation but hadn’t been associated with a specific group.
Meanwhile, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is announcing $62.5 million in new assistance for the fish and seafood processing sector. This new Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund will help businesses access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs, add storage capacity for unsold product, comply with new health and safety measures for workers, support new manufacturing/automated technologies to improve productivity and the quality of finished seafood products, and adapt products to respond to changing requirements and new market demands. Additional details about the program will soon be available.