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Regional update: Seventh COVID-19 death in the region


MARIA – The Public Health Board is reporting the death of a Residence Saint Joseph patient, which is the first COVID-19-related death in 15 days. It is the seventh such casualty to occur in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are also three new cases of COVID-19, which brings the regional total to 167. Those three cases are currently under investigation and for now haven’t been linked to a known epidemiological cluster.

Six additional people have recovered from COVID-19, for a total of 88. There are no new hospitalizations. Two individuals are still hospitalized in Rimouski, but they are not in intensive care. So far, 15 people with the coronavirus have been hospitalized. Thirty-nine healthcare employees have been infected, including 15 employees of the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre. Seven residents of the Residence Saint Joseph in Maria are currently infected.

The breakdown of the 167 cases by health region (containing a hospital) is as follows: (updated April 29 at 6 p.m.)

  • Bay of Chaleur sector – 127
  • 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 29 at 6 p.m.)

  • 1859 deaths (an increase of 98)
  • 27,538 positive cases (an increase of 944)
  • 1684 total hospitalizations (an increase of 36)
  • 214 people in intensive care (a decrease of 8)