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COVID-19: Border closure extended; 13 cases in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

Thoughts across Canada turned on Sunday away from the COVID-19 crisis to another unfolding in Portapique, Nova Scotia, where a horrifying mass shooting took the lives of 17 individuals, including an RCMP officer. “My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation” were Trudeau’s opening remarks during his televised daily COVID-19 briefing earlier that morning. 

Trudeau then returned his focus to the pandemic and reached out to all those who are facing particularly difficult situations, as an example, people with disabilities. He admitted that this pandemic has exposed gaps and given the government an opportunity to look “at ways to make our country a more inclusive and equitable place to live.” This past week, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, launched a COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group to ensure issues are addressed, and everyone is kept healthy and safe. Trudeau summarized all the economic benefits that his government has been giving out in the last few weeks, including his latest support, made yesterday, to indigenous businesses. A sum of $306 million will be made available through indigenous financial institutions and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association.

Over the weekend Trudeau also confirmed that an agreement had been reached, in what he called a “spirit of collaboration between Canada and the US”, to keep the border closed to non- essential travel for another 30 days. Trudeau concluded his briefing today by offering his deepest condolences to all Canadians who are mourning the loss of loved ones.


A screenshot of the number of confirmed cases per municipality in the region reveals all local municipalities are still below five cases. PHOTO Direction de Santé Publique de la Montérégie


New cases in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Haut-Saint-Laurent local health network (LHN) increased by three over the weekend. The number of confirmed cases also increased in the health networks surrounding the Valley, with 332 cases now confirmed in the Jardins-Roussillon LHN, 215 cases in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges LHN, and 100 cases in the Suroît LHN.

Provincially, the number of confirmed cases jumped to 18,357 over the weekend, with 1,102 people fighting the virus in hospital. Of those, 183 are currently being treated in an intensive care unit. The province also announced that 877 people have now died from COVID-19 complications, up 72 from the 805 announced on Saturday. There are currently 2,142 confirmed cases in the Montérégie region.

Québec Premier François Legault is expected to resume his daily briefings on the impact of the coronavirus in the province on Monday.

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