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Regional update: Outbreak results in two additional deaths

Résidence Saint-Joseph

The number of cases of COVID-19 in the region continues to peak. Twelve new cases were announced on September 25. Nine of the cases are located in the MRC of Avignon, one in the MRC of Bonaventure, and two in the Magdalen Islands.

Public Health states that the difference between provincial and regional statistics can be explained by the rapidly changing situation and that adjustments will be made over the next few days.

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

According to Public Health, so far, 17 (+2) residents and 6 staff members at the Maria CHSLD (government owed long-term care facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. Two individuals have passed away as a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak at that residence for the elderly.

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

Suspension of visitation at Maria Hospital

The CISSS has suspended all day visits at the Maria Hospital until further notice. Evening visitation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m will continue, however, visitors must follow safety measures such as wearing a surgical mask and washing hands when entering and leaving the hospital. According to the CISSS the decision to suspend visits is preventive and temporary.

Testing trailer available in Paspebiac

A COVID-19 testing trailer is now available in the parking lot of the Paspebiac CLSC. Like all the other screening sites in the region, it is by appointment only. Individuals wishing to get tested should call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment. The CISSS would also like to remind its clientele that there is a greater chance of obtaining a positive result for COVID-19 when the person exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty in breathing, fever, loss of taste or smell) or if the person has come in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Complete portrait

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands is now 290. Presently, 220 individuals have recovered. There are 59 active cases in the region. There are two additional deaths, bringing the total to 11.

Evolution of cases daily

Regional: MRC of Residence of the Cases

MRC / living environmentConfirmed casesRate per 100,000Active Cases
Avignon (+9)
– Community
– Manoir du havre
– Residence Saint Joseph
Bonaventure (+1)60349.2<5
Rocher-Percé 40235.55
Côte-de-Gaspé 26154.25
Magdalen Islands (+2)11112.5<5
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands290321.959

Source: Gaspé Peninsula Public Health Board.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

70,307 (+637)5,814 (*+4)199 (+15)33 (+2)
*Four deaths occurred between September 18 and 23.