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Regional update: Three new cases of COVID-19 in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands.


MARIA – The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands has now reached 138.  Three new cases were reported today.

One of the new cases is related to the IGA (Paspebiac and New Richmond) outbreak. There are now 15 cases in connection with that outbreak.

The other two cases are part of a known epidemiological cluster, although for now the Public Health Board is not identifying which cluster.

Meanwhile, according to a new statistical verification made by the Public Health Board, there are actually 31 healthcare employees in the region with COVID-19. Information released on Sunday, April 19 stated 21 cases.

Twelve of those employees work for the region’s Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS). Most of the remaining 19 are employees of the Manoir du Havre in Maria, a private home for seniors.  The epidemiological clusters from that residence include 75 cases of transmission.

There are no new casualties to report. Three more patients have recovered, to bring that total to 36. Three people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Rimouski, including one in intensive care.

Moreover, Nathalie Arsenault, of the Petro-Canada Beau Soir service station and convenience store in Saint-Siméon, reports on Facebook that she has COVID-19 despite taking many precautions. The store will remain open but the lunch counter will be closed until further notice.