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Region remains at yellow alert as cases on the rise

A second wave of COVID-19 has begun to build across the province, with daily numbers continuing to increase at a discomforting rate. In the Haut-Saint-Laurent, numbers remain quite low, and according to Dr. Catherine Bélanger, the COVID-19 coordinator for the local health network, “there are no changes or concerns yet locally.”

As part of the Montérégie, the Valley is included in those regions still in the yellow alert (‘early warning’) zone, where measures have yet to be tightened as they now are on the island of Montreal, in Quebec City, and in Chaudière-Appalaches, which as of press time had moved into the orange or moderate alert level. Across the province, public gatherings were restricted to 50 people on Sunday, with government officials appealing desperately to Quebecers to avoid meeting with one another whenever possible.

PHOTO: Quebec.ca/coronavirus

 

In a video posted to Facebook on Sept. 15, Dr. Julie Loslier, the director of the Montérégie public health authority, says an increase has been observed in the number of cases as well as the number of outbreaks in the region. “Many of these outbreaks are related to social and family gatherings during which measures are not respected,” she asserts. Loslier then differentiates between the first wave, where each case involved few contacts due to confinement, and thus fewer people had to be isolated and tested. She suggests that while there is no loss of control as of yet, events that are taking place are more community-based, which gives rise to more contacts and a much larger pool of potentially infected people in the event someone who attends an event later tests positive.

Loslier is careful to remind people that a yellow alert level means that we need to reinforce our vigilance. Orange and red alerts will bring about greater restrictions.

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