“There are cases that will eventually be unveiled throughout Quebec, expects the director of public health of the CISSS Bas-Saint-Laurent, Dr. Sylvain Leduc. […] As long as, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, there are people who have traveled to different countries over the past two to three weeks, it is not impossible that this could happen. ”
According to Dr. Leduc, some patients with symptoms similar to COVID-19 have been investigated. “I am not authorized to disclose the number,” he said. However, I can say that all the investigations that have been made have come back negative. At the beginning of the week, in Quebec, there were more than 500 tests that had been carried out and every day, the number of tests is increasing. ”
As the average age of the population of Eastern Quebec is higher than in the entire province, the CISSS des Îles restricts visits to a maximum of two people per user at the Eudore-LaBrie CHSLD and in private residences for the elderly. In addition, visits to the hospital emergency and intensive care facilities are prohibited, except for humanitarian reasons.
School environment and municipalities comply
All school boards and CEGEPs in the territory as well as the University of Quebec at Rimouski comply with the order to close their doors until March 27. Municipalities are also taking measures to limit the spread of the virus. If the cities of Matane, Sept-Îles, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts and Gaspé ban all events that bring together more than 250 people, others systematically cancel all their community, cultural, sports and leisure activities, no matter how many people there are.
This is the case for Rivière-du-Loup, Baie-Comeau, Rimouski and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which are also closing all their cultural, sports and community infrastructures. In Baie-Comeau, even the Mont Ti-Basse ski center is closed. In Sept-Îles, however, the facilities remain open, as in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, with the exception of the swimming pool and gymnasiums. Several competitions, shows, fundraising activities and festivals are canceled or postponed. The majority of churches give up the holding of masses. Some organizations are even closing their offices for two weeks, such as Autisme de l’Est-du-Québec. JOHANNE FOURNIER (SPECIAL COLLABORATION)