COVID-19: Matapedia adds eight new cases to its report

Bass-Saint-Laurent has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19, including eight in the MRC of La Matapédia, making it one of the MRCs with the highest rate of infections per 100,000 residents in Quebec after Nunavik.

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As of Wednesday there were 103 cases considered active in Bas-Saint-Laurent, including 80 at the MRC de la Matapedia. Since the start of the pandemic, 4,292 people have contracted COVID-19 and 4,135 of them have recovered from it.

After launching an aggressive campaign earlier this week to restrict the spread of the virus in its region, public health on Wednesday continued its efforts in terms of screening and vaccination. On Monday, 143 people were screened and on Tuesday 158 people were screened.

In Bass-Saint-Laurent, La Matapedia is the MRC with the lowest vaccination rate, with 79.5% of people 12 years of age and older being adequately vaccinated.

On Monday, 88 vaccines were administered at La Matapedia, of which 33 were the first doses.

clamp down on schools

Four schools were battling with cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Students from the Sainte-Ursule and Caron schools located in Amqui will have to attend their courses remotely by 1 November.

For Jean-François Gaumond, president of the Amitis Teaching Union, if the government had deployed rapid testing in schools, the situation would probably already have been under control.

“If we compare ourselves with Ontario, Ontario has one in ten cases coming from school, in Quebec we have one in four, the difference between the two is that they deployed rapid tests as quickly as possible. back to school,” said Jean-François Gaumond.

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On Monday, public health officials tightened the mandatory mask-wearing rule in schools as well as private senior citizens’ residences (RPAs).

It is now mandatory for all students from classes I to VIII to wear a mask at all times and during primary daycare. Masks are mandatory in school transport for preschool children when they are accompanied by students of different levels, during physical education lessons for primary students if it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters or to organize the curriculum outside.

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