A new ‘designated assessment clinic’ has opened at the Recreation Centre in Ormstown. The CISSSMO announced today that temporary clinics have been opened in the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Jardins-Rousillon, Suroît, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges health regions, with the mandate to treat individuals with flu-like symptoms, gastroenteritis or COVID-19 symptoms who require a primary medical consultation. All four clinics are accessible by appointment only by calling 1-877-644-4545. The clinic in Ormstown is not a COVID-19 testing facility.
The provincial government has now concluded that the coronavirus is spreading through community transmission throughout Québec. The opening of these clinics corresponds with changes to the testing protocol for COVID-19 announced on April 3 by the health ministry in response to the way the virus is now spreading. From now on, testing will be done according to priority for the following categories of people: those who are hospitalized; symptomatic health professionals in direct contact with patients; residents of CHSLD and residences who are symptomatic; individuals in remote or isolated communities who present with symptoms; first responders or symptomatic public safety workers; and finally, certain individuals with symptoms.
Four new cases in the region
Deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault reported 14 new deaths and an increase of 896 positive cases in Quebec today. There are now 6,997 cases of COVID-19 across the province, of which 348 have now been hospitalized, with 130 receiving intensive care. The Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie confirmed an additional 683 cases in the region. There are 4 more cases in the Haut-Saint-Laurent-Suroît health region for a total of 31. The number of cases in the Jardins-Roussillon increased by 14 cases to 132. With regard to the COVID-19 cases in the Montérégie, the CISSSMO announced that as of April 2, only 6% of all cases are being treated in hospital, and of those only 2% are in intensive care. The vast majority of positive cases are recuperating at home.
The CISSSMO also announced today that parking at all its locations would be free until at least May 9 in order to eliminate any risk of transmission and in support of its 10,000 doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as all its clients.
Additional regions off limits
Quebec announced today that two new regions would be added to the list of those with restricted access. As of 4 pm today checkpoints were established on major roads leading to the Charlevoix region as well as Rouyn-Noranda. The government also reiterated that all stores will be closed on Sunday, except for convenience stores, pharmacies, and service stations. Grocery stores and restaurants are only able to be open to accept telephone orders, and for take-out and delivery services.