The Magdalen Islands list their first three cases of COVID-19

Spared so far, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine territory has had its first three cases of people infected with COVID-19 since Tuesday. These are all people who were returning from a trip outside the country.
In Gaspésie, a new case is confirmed by the public health department of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. It is in addition to the three others revealed on Saturday on the peninsula. Including the archipelago, these new cases bring the total to seven patients with coronavirus.

The regional director of public health refuses to say if these people had been in contact with each other. D r Yv Bonnier-Viger also objects to specify or RCM where infected people are. “The territory is large, but the population is small and the people all know each other,” he pretends. The virus is everywhere. ”

According to the doctor, none of the cases requires hospitalization. They are in solitary confinement at home, as are the hundreds of people with whom they have been in close contact. “We communicate with them every day and everyone is doing fairly well,” says Dr. Bonnier-Viger. However, if it turns out that one of these individuals needs to be hospitalized, the director of public health ensures that the territory’s hospitals would be ready to receive them. For more serious cases, they would be transferred to Quebec or Montreal.

The Gaspé Peninsula has screening centers installed in trailers located near hospitals and which offer the direct debit service. For the moment, these centers are receiving small volumes of people. D r Bonnier-Viger believes in the peninsula, “the virus has a little trouble and it’s good like that.” So far, 200 people have been tested, including thirty who are awaiting the result.

A first case on the North Shore

The North Shore recorded its first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. On the Bas-Saint-Laurent side, the region’s integrated health and social services center confirms a new case. The person was in contact with the three others already detected in Rivière-du-Loup. Consequently, Est-du-Québec now has twelve people infected with the virus.

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