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Regional update: Number of COVID-19 cases decreases by one


CARLETON – The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands has decreased by one according to the numbers released on April 29 by the Public Health Board.

In reality there was one new case, but a statistical adjustment “moved” two other cases to another region based on the permanent addresses of those two individuals.  So, today’s total decreased by one.

The new COVID-19 case is an employee of the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS). That brings the total number of infected health sector employees to 39, including 16 CISSS employees.

Twelve additional people have recovered from the coronavirus, for a total of 82. There are no new COVID-19 casualties or hospitalizations in the region. There are two Gaspesians still hospitalized in Rimouski, but they are not in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Quebec’s Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault has announced that the check points at the entrance of the Lower Saint Lawrence, Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands, Charlevoix, and the North Shore regions will be lifted on May 18. She stresses that travellers will still be asked to limit their trips to essential needs.

The breakdown of the 164 cases by health region (containing a hospital) is as follows: (updated April 28 at 6 p.m.)

  • Bay of Chaleur sector – 123
  • Rocher-Percé sector – 25
  • 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: (updated April 27 at 6 p.m.)

  • 1761 deaths (an increase of 79)
  • 26,594 positive cases (an increase of 837)
  • 1648 people hospitalized (an increase of 23)
  • 222 people in intensive care (an increase of 5)