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COVID-19: Outdoor sports allowed, but from a distance; situation in Valleyfield a concern

Soccer, baseball and ball hockey fans rejoice: the summer sports season may not be lost after all. Quebec premier François Legault was accompanied by Isabelle Charest, the minister responsible for sports, on Thursday as he announced that outdoor sporting activities can resume as of June 8 in the form of training sessions at first, with the possibility of expanding to full games by the end of the month. The practice of team sports will have to be adapted to the new reality of social distancing and recommended public health measures, warned Charest.

During his daily address to the media, Legault asked that Quebecers be more disciplined in respecting public health measures, such as maintaining two metres distance, wearing a face covering or mask, and limiting gatherings. He reiterated that while the province was in the process of reopening, setbacks such as an increase in hospitalizations and positive cases could slow the process.

67 cases in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

The province recorded an additional 259 confirmed cases for a total of 52,143. The number of deaths rose by 91, to a sobering total of 4,885. There are 1,076 individuals in hospital, with 146 of those being treated in intensive care. So far, there are 17,336 individuals considered to have recovered from the virus. In the Montérégie, there are 7,129 positive cases, which is an increase of 38 over the past 24 hours. A total of 468 people have lost their lives. There are now 67 cases in the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, 646 in the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 154 in the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville, and 497 in the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry.

The regional public health authority announced it was paying particular attention to the situation as it evolves in Beauharnois-Salaberry, as the MRC now has the highest proportion of people who have contracted the virus per 100,000 individuals in the entire Montérégie. A mobile testing unit was in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield today and will be outside the Moose Lodge again tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those exhibiting symptoms, or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, are invited to be tested without an appointment and free of charge.

NFSB hoping to offer orderly program

The New Frontiers School Board is preparing to run the new twelve-week “Becoming a CHSLD Orderly” program in English out of its NOVA Career Centre in Chateauguay and the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre in Ormstown. The program, which was recently introduced to help the government fill 10,000 jobs in the health sector, is expected to start on June 16. Those interested in applying have until Friday, June 5 at 5 pm to register online through the following government site: Quebec.ca/en/education/become-orderly-CHSLD/. More than 69,000 people have already applied to participate in the program. If accepted, students will be paid $760 per month during the training period and those who become orderlies will receive a salary of $49,000 per year.

*this update was written on June 4, but due to our website being out of service for several days, its posting was delayed

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