The total number of infections has climbed to 2,181 in the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. 24 of these cases are active.
In addition, two hospitalizations suspected by COVID-19 are underway in the region, while three people are now considered to be cured.
Thursday, three people from the MRCd’Avignon were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 following screening.
The regional director of public health, Dr Yv Bonnier-Viger, argues that these cases largely emanate from gatherings.
It is based on measures that had been completely revised in New Brunswick. There were gatherings at that time, where people were not protected, and they transmitted the virus to each other. Then, it entered the families in Listuguj, who are very numerous and who live in housing where there are many people., he explains.
We are always in the same area, in the same families. We know where the cases come from and we are able to trace the course of the virus. It doesn’t worry us that much, but what is worrying is that it lasts.
According to Dr Bonnier-Viger, since the start of the fourth wave, a third of the confirmed cases are those of children under 12 years old. Of the remaining cases, 40% are from unvaccinated people.
According to a statement posted on the Listuguj government’s Facebook page, three of the nine cases recorded Friday from the Mi’gmaw community. The number of active cases is now 13 in this territory.
Dr Yv Bonnier-Viger affirms that public health works closely with the community of Listuguj.
There is already a strengthening of the screening and vaccination teams. The community of Gesgapegiag also helps that of Listuguj. I think there is a beautiful mutual aid, he adds.
COVID-19 claims one victim in Eastern Quebec
The number of COVID-19 cases is also increasing elsewhere in Eastern Quebec.
In Bas-Saint-Laurent, seven new cases of COVID-19 were identified on Friday. The majority of these cases were recorded in the MRCof Kamouraska.
the CISSSof the North Shore also recorded four new infections. COVID-19 has, by the same fact, had the reason of the death of an additional person in this region. This is the fifth North Shore to die with the virus, since March 2020.
Across the province, health officials reported 643 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 new illness-related deaths as of Friday.