22 new cases in the Quebec City region
No fewer than 22 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches, according to the latest data provided by public health authorities.
In the Capitale-Nationale, 20 additional cases have been reported in the past few hours, bringing the number of residents of the region infected to 33 to 33. The assessment does not mention any hospitalized person.
“The current increase in positive cases in our region was expected and should continue in the coming weeks. I therefore ask everyone to follow the prescribed isolation procedures to the letter in order to ensure the health and safety of the population of our region, “implores in a press release the director of public health of the Capitale-Nationale, the Dr François Desbiens.
According to the CIUSSS, the new cases identified are “people of all ages who have been or in contact with positive cases or with people who have traveled abroad, and who are currently in segregation at home”.
In addition to the 33 residents reached, two tourists received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 more than a week ago in the Capitale-Nationale region.
“As required by the rigorous epidemiological investigation process, all those identified as close contacts have been contacted and are also in compulsory isolation. In this sense, they present no risk to the population. Samples were taken from those showing symptoms and the results of these tests, if they prove positive, will be communicated in the coming days, “said Dr. Desbiens.
The director of public health insists: all people tested positive and their contacts must respect the instructions and isolation requirements received from the regional public health directorate of the CIUSSS de la Capitale ‐ Nationale.
“Our ultimate priority is the health and safety of everyone, and we will use all the required and necessary measures available to us to ensure compliance with the instructions in place,” warns Dr. Desbiens.
In Chaudière-Appalaches, there are two more cases, bringing the number of COVID-19 cases identified so far in this region to 15. Again, no hospitalizations are reported.
All the confirmed cases in Chaudière-Appalaches are also “people returning from their trip or who were in contact with the first positive cases who were already in segregation”, specifies the CISSS.
Since Monday, the Center Paul-Gilbert auto screening clinic in the Charny area has been open from 8 a.m. to midnight, four hours more per day.
In total, the CISSS Chaudière-Appalaches auto screening clinics (there are also some in Thetford Mines, Saint-Georges and Montmagny) have a capacity of 400 tests per day.
In all of Quebec, Monday’s assessment of the Ministry of Health reports 628 new cases of COVID-21, 409 more than the day before. This jump can be explained in particular by a modification of the calculation method, which now includes “probable” cases, as well as by the multiplication of tests carried out.
Priority to snowbirds
In an interview with Le Soleil on Monday, Dr François Desbiens indicated that the public health department of the Capitale-Nationale did not yet see the need to test people other than those returning from their trip and the close contacts of these people.
“In regions where there is community transmission, public health has been able to highlight this community transmission with the current screening criteria. But it is also true that as soon as there is evidence of community transmission in certain regions, and that this is likely to happen in all regions, there is an adjustment that must be made in relation to the criteria for take samples. This is under way, ”says Dr. Desbiens.
The director of public health of the Capitale-Nationale believes that for the moment, priority must be given to travel returns, “especially to snowbirds who return from Florida and from a country where there are many cases of COVID-19 “.
“In my opinion, we are still in the situation where we must, for the next two to three weeks, prioritize travel returns. But we are still thinking about when it will be necessary to add other screening criteria. If we have confirmation of a case of community transmission, we will reassess the situation, ”says Dr. Desbiens.
The doctor also points out that there are three strains of flu currently circulating, and that “the flu gives coughs and fever”. “For the vast majority of people who present with symptoms as general as cough and fever, it will not be COVID.”
Since the opening of the first designated clinic COVID-19 of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale on March 11, 2,196 people have been tested, and 1,184 tests have been negative.
On Monday, 230 people visited the screening clinic adjacent to the University Institute of Mental Health in Quebec, and 120 others came to the clinic at the Chauveau Hospital car.
The CIUSSS plans to improve its screening offer in the coming days. In particular, a clinic will be opened on the premises of the former Sears at Place Fleur de Lys, according to what has been learned.