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Regional update: More cases at St-Joseph, the CISSS needs support staff


The Public Health board is reporting fifteen new cases of COVID-19 in the region. Thirteen of the cases are located in the MRC of Avignon, one in the Côte-de-Gaspé MRC and one in the Magdalen Islands. Epidemiological investigations of the cases are underway.

Public Health states that the difference between provincial and regional statistics can be explained by the rapidly changing situation.

Outbreak at the CHSLD in Maria (Residence St-Joseph)

According to Public Health, so far, fifteen (+6) residents and less than five staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19.

That CHSLD houses 91 residents and nearly 130 employees work there.

When there are fewer than five cases, the exact number is not released because of privacy concerns.

The CISSS needs your help

The CISSS is actively looking for people to lend a hand at the Maria CHSLD, where staff is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19. They need assistance in housekeeping, the cafeteria, and with the residents. Contact 418-759-3443 #2194 for more information about pre-requisites and salaries.

Complete portrait

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands is now 278. Presently, 219 individuals have recovered. There are 50 active cases in the region. Currently, there is one individual hospitalized outside the region due to COVID-19.

Regional: MRC of Residence of the Cases

MRC / living environmentConfirmed cases
Avignon (+13)129
Bonaventure 60
Rocher-Percé 40
Côte-de-Gaspé (+1)27
Magdalen Islands (+1)12
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands278

Source: Gaspé Peninsula Public Health Board.

Twinned communities with New Brunswick

The Government of New Brunswick has announced that effective noon (N.B. time), September 25, twinning with communities in Avignon and Temiscouata Municipal Regional Counties are suspended, with the exception of the communities of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix.

All previously approved registrations from Avignon MRC (including Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix) for non-essential single trips and multi-day registrations will no longer be valid.

Residents of Avignon and Temiscouata MRCs will still be permitted to go to New Brunswick for essential reasons such as medical appointments, approved work and shared child custody. 

Multi-day registrations approved for the transportation of elementary and secondary students from Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, and those issued for work, medical care and childcare/child custody will still be permitted.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

69,670 (+582)5,810 (*+1)184 (+6)31 (+1)
*Death occurred between September 17 and 22.