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Regional update: Pointe-à-la-Croix mayor to speak with N.B. premier about the check points


POINTE-À-LA-CROIX – The mayor of Pointe-à la-Croix, Pascal Bujold will speak with the premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs, in an attempt to settle the Campbellton check point issue as soon as possible.

The discussion should take place on May 7. The municipal council has hired Quebec City-based Tremblay Bois Mignault et Lemay, a firm that specializes in municipal affairs. That firm is tasked with informing the New Brunswick government that there is incoherence in the way officers at the Campbellton check point make decisions. There is a lot of inconsistency regarding who can and who cannot go to Campbellton and buy essential goods.

“The premier has repeatedly said that people from Quebec can go to Campbellton, but the check point officers, RCMP cops and game wardens, are not consistant in their decisions. Some people can go and some can’t,” states Mayor Bujold.

On another note, the Public Health Board is reporting that there are no new cases of COVID-19 or casualties in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands. Four more people have recovered from the coronavirus, to bring the total to 112.

The breakdown of the 170 cases by health region (containing a hospital) is as follows: 

  • Bay of Chaleur sector – 128 (stable)
  • Rocher-Percé sector – 26 (stable)
  • Magdalen Islands – 9 (stable)
  • Côte-de-Gaspé – 5 (stable)
  • Haute-Gaspésie – less than 5 (stable)

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: 

  • 2510 deaths (an increase of 112)
  • 34,327 positive cases (an increase of 910)
  • 1840 total hospitalizations (an increase of 19)
  •  213 people in intensive care (a decrease of five)