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Two probable cases of coronavirus under investigation in the Gaspé


Translation of press release received from CISSS de la Gaspésie

Gaspé, Saturday March 21, 2020 – The Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Public Health Department wishes to inform the population that two people, probably infected with COVID-19, have been identified in the region, more specifically in the Gaspé Peninsula.

These people are not related and are returning from a stay abroad. They were placed in isolation at home for a period of 14 days. Epidemiological investigations are underway. People who have been in close contact with these people have been identified and instructions have been issued.

The Gaspé Peninsula Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) is making every effort to protect the population and also to support its personnel who strive to provide quality and safe care on a daily basis. Public Health wishes to remind everyone that every little action, each of us makes -matters, and that the measures recommended by the Government of Quebec must be followed.

The following measures should apply to the entire population:

– Practice basic hygiene measures, consisting of covering your mouth and nose with the fold of your elbow when coughing and sneezing or with a tissue and quickly throwing the tissue in the trash;

– Washing your hands frequently with soap and lukewarm water for 20 seconds is still an important measure to protect against most infections.

Finally, remember that people who experience symptoms or concerns about their health should contact 1 877 644-4545.