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Regional update: September 18


The Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands Public Health Board is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 on September 18. Two of the new cases are located in the Avignon MRC, one in the Côte-de-Gaspé MRC and one in the Magdalen Islands.

As of September 18, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands reached 227. Presently, 209 individuals have recovered (92.1%). There are currently nine active cases in the region (4%). Currently, there are not any COVID-19-related hospitalizations from the region. Regionally, fifty-nine health care workers (+4) have contracted the virus, 23 (+1) are CISSS employees. Since the start of the pandemic 19,043 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the region.

The CISSS is confirming that at Chez Stanley, a private seniors’ residence in St-Omer, less than five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and that all employees and residents have been tested. For privacy concerns, the CISSS cannot confirm the exact number when it is less than 5.

Regional: MRC of Residence of the Cases

MRC / living environmentConfirmed casesRate per 100,000Active Cases
– Community
– Manoir du havre
– Residence Saint Joseph
Magdalen Islands1188.4
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands2272529 (4%)

Source: Gaspé Peninsula Public Health Board.

The New Brunswick government has announced that effective immediately residents of the Témiscouata MRC will no longer be permitted to enter the province for day trips. “With the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Lower Saint Lawrence region of Quebec, we must be prudent and keep doing our part to keep New Brunswick safe and slow the spread of COVID-19,” says New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs.

Residents of that area can still cross the border for essential services, such as, for medical appointments, approved work and shared child custody. However, all previously approved registrations to and from Témiscouata for day trips are no longer valid. “This is a cabinet and COVID-19 all-party cabinet committee decision that took into consideration public health advice including epidemiology reports, rising cases and recent change in alerts levels in the Lower Saint Lawrence region of Quebec,” said Higgs.

It is important to note that this change does not affect residents of the Avignon MRC and the community of Listuguj. Day trips for those residents are still permitted as long as they pre-register.

The totals for the province are as follows: 

66,653 (+297)5,792 (stable)136 (stable)30 (+1)