New cases of COVID-19 everywhere in Gaspésie and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

The cISS de la Gaspésie indicated on Saturday that 20 new people have been infected with the coronavirus for a total of 1,312 positive cases since the start of the pandemic.

It is in the MRC of Rocher-Percé where the increase is the most important with seven new cases.

Cases are also reported in the MRC Haute-Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, two territories so far relatively untouched by the pandemic.

Case by MRC :

Avignon: 370 cases (+2)

Bonaventure: 330 cases (+4)

Rocher-Percé: 224 cases (+7)

Côte-de-Gaspé: 339 cases (+4)

Haute-Gaspésie: 20 cases (+1)

Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 30 cases (+2)

* The cases identified at the New Carlisle detention center are no longer recorded in the MRC of Bonaventure by public health, but rather in the MRC where the detainees have their permanent address.

Source : cISS of the Gaspé

New Carlisle Detention Center

The situation is being closely monitored at New Carlisle prison in Baie-des-Chaleurs, where several cases have been detected this week.

The CISSS indicates that ten detainees and an employee of the detention center are included in this latest report, and this, according to their home address. Another inmate, who does not live in Gaspésie, was also tested positive for COVID-19.

These cases, according to the cISS, were included in Friday’s report from the Ministry of Public Security (MSP). The ministry is integrating the cases of detainees who test positive for the coronavirus according to their home address, even if they are in New Carlisle prison.

According to the latest data, 75
% of 55 inmates at New Carlisle Prison
had contracted COVID-19 as well as seven employees, including five cases still active.

Outbreaks under surveillance

Four outbreaks in institutions for the elderly are still underway in Gaspé, including one at the private seniors’ residence (RPA) Manoir Saint-Augustin de Gaspé.

This residence is one of 14 private accommodation establishments whose situation is deemed critical by the Government of Quebec.

The Manoir Saint-Augustin de Gaspé posted Friday a report of 66 residents and 35 employees contaminated by the virus since the start of the outbreak in early November. Five residents have died.

Nine schools in the Gaspé are also affected by active cases, according to the most recent portrait published Thursday by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).

Cases were detected in five establishments of the René-Lévesque School Service Center, including the vocational training center.

Elsewhere in the region, the Anglophone and Francophone high schools of Gaspé also reported cases as well as the French-language Saint-Rosaire elementary school in Gaspé and the English-language school of Shigawake.

The CISSS indicates that 18 people are now considered cured. The region currently has 212 active cases and six people in hospital, three fewer than on Friday.

Thirty-eight people have died from COVID-19 in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region since the start of the pandemic.

Quebec posted an overall total of 6,806 deaths from the coronavirus on Saturday, including 142 that occurred in the last week.

Slight increase in cases in Matanie

Moreover, the cISS of Bas-Saint-Laurent deplores a sixth death at the Résidence des Bâtisseurs in Matane, for a total of 15 deaths linked to the virus in the territory.

The organization has three new positive cases in the MRC de la Matanie, but none in the two private seniors’ residences where major outbreaks occurred in the past two weeks.

The two establishments, the Résidence des Bâtisseurs and the Résidence des Sages, are part of the list of living environments for seniors where the situation is deemed critical.

The province had 1,187 more COVID-19 cases on Saturday. According to’INSPQ, it is in the workplace that active cases are the most numerous, ie 42% of those affected.

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