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Active cases on the downswing; CHO outbreak infects more than 40 employees

The number of active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed at the Centre d’hébergement d’Ormstown has been steadily declining over the past week. According to the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-ouest (CISSSMO), there are currently 17 active cases being treated in the hot zone on site as several patients have recovered. The CISSSMO was also able to confirm that a total of 41 employees have tested positive for the virus at the CHO. Unfortunately, 11 CHO residents have passed away since the start of the outbreak in early January.

The number of active cases in the region has also been on the decline. There are presently 61 actives cases of the coronavirus in the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent. The rate of infection, which had been the highest in the Montérégie, has also come down but is still well above the average for the region at 249.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Of those, 32 cases were diagnosed in the last seven days. The vast majority of the cases remain in the Ormstown area, with 39 cases as of Jan. 27. There were 16 cases reported in Saint-Chrysostome, 7 in Franklin, 6 in Hemmingford and 5 in Huntingdon. There have now been more than 500 cases diagnosed in the Haut-Saint-Laurent since the start of the pandemic. Of those who tested positive, 415 are now considered to have recovered.

There are more than 50 active cases in the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville, contributing to the 323 cases recorded in the Jardins-Roussillon local health network (LHN). The Suroît LHN is now reporting 172 active cases and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges LHN has 233 cases.

The number of schools reporting a positive diagnosis has also significantly declined from last week. There are now only three schools within the New Frontiers School Board, including St-Willibrord Elementary, Gault Institute, and Hemmingford Elementary; reporting cases. The Centre de services scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands currently has 21 schools on the government’s official list of schools with at least one positive case.

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