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Regional update: Public Health launches campaign

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There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report, the regional total is stable at 182 (183, if you count the case mentioned in the note).

Note: The INSPQ (Centre d’expertise et de référence en santé publique) indicates that there is an additional case in the Magdalen Islands. However, that case involves an individual with a primary address in the Maggies, but the individual involved is physically located outside the region. There is a high probability that the statistics will be reviewed tomorrow taking this information into account.

The breakdown of the 182 (183) cases by health region (containing a hospital) is as follows: 

  • Bay of Chaleur sector – 133 (stable)
  • Rocher-Percé sector – 29 (stable)
  • Magdalen Islands – 10 (one additional case, but the person is physically outside of the region)
  • Côte-de-Gaspé – 9 (stable)
  • Haute-Gaspésie – 2 (stable)

In order to counter the transmission of COVID-19, the Occupational Health team from the Public Health Board, in collaboration with the Sûreté of Quebec, as well as the Municipality of Îles-de-la-Madeleine has set up a team that will ensure random visits to the various wharves on the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands. The campaign, which involves a visit from an agent, who will distribute information and answer questions from the public, began in early May and will continue until October.

“The main objectives of this initiative are to inform both workers and the general public, to alert people to the risks surrounding COVID-19, and to promote good hygiene and distancing practices. We are therefore banking on a community approach aimed at raising awareness and modifying the behaviour of people who work on the wharves,” says Dr. Bonnier Viger, regional director of Public Health.

The Gouvernement of Quebec has made public the report from the Canadian Armed Forces, regarding their presence in some of the province’s long-term care facilities (CHSLDs). The report describes the situation in the 25 facilities where the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel assisted during the pandemic.

Some of the main challenges noted in the report are: the division of “hot” and “cold” zones, proper use of PPEs and the shortage of personnel.

The report does say that there was noted improvement on many fronts after the arrival of the CAF.

You can read the entire report at the following link (available in French only):

The totals for the province are as follows: 

  • 4228 – deaths (an increase of 89)
  • 49,139 – positive cases (an increase of 541)
  • 1378 – total hospitalizations (a decrease of 25)
  • 184 – people in intensive care (an increase of 3)

*As of May 19, the number of recovered patients who are still hospitalized because they are waiting to be transferred will be excluded from the total number of hospitalizations. With the withdrawal of these patients, there is a significant decrease in the number of regular hospitalizations, but no decrease in the number of intensive care hospitalizations.