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Lachute grocery cashier tests positive for COVID-19, Argenteuil at 21 confirmed cases as of Monday, May 4

An employee at a supermarket in Lachute has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a Facebook post from S. Albert IGA on Monday, May 4, a cashier at the store on avenue Bethany went to the hospital emergency room at the first sign of a sore throat and later tested positive.  The last day that the employee worked at the store was April 27.

More than 100 people work at the store, and following directions from Québec public health and IGA parent company Sobeys, the management immediately ordered the 14 employees who encountered the cashier to quarantine at home.

On Thursday, April 30, the store has been fully disinfected, and the management wants to reassure the public that they have done everything within their control following the positive test to protect customers.

Store management is not aware of when and how the cashier contracted COVID-19.

On Monday, May 4, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents in the MRC d’Argenteuil was 21, an increase from 20 on May 3, according to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority.

There were 1,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the larger Laurentides region, which includes the MRC d’Argenteuil, seven other MRC’s, and the city of Mirabel on Monday.  That was an increase from 1,371 confirmed cases on Sunday.

There were 116 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the Laurentides region on Monday, and 22 of those patients were in intensive care.  The region had 41 COVID-19 deaths as of May 4, which was an increase from 40 deaths on May 3.

According to the CISSS des Laurentides, three employees at the CHSLD Argenteuil long-term care facility in Lachute had tested positive for COVID-19 as of May 4.

The CISSS des Laurentides is periodically publishing a list of the number of cases in each municipality in the MRC d’Argenteuil, but it only includes a range of the probable and confirmed cases in each of those municipalities.

COVID-19 case ranges for MRC d’Argenteuil on May 4, 2020

Municipality Case Range
Brownsburg-Chatham 1-9
Gore 1-9
Grenville (village) 1-9
Grenville-sur-la-Rouge 1-9
Harrington 0
Lachute 1-9
Mille-Isles 1-9
St-André-d’Argenteuil 1-9
Wentworth 0
TOTAL 10-19 cases

Outaouais and provincial situation

The MRC de Papineau borders the MRC d’Argenteuil to the west and includes Montebello, Fassett, St-André-Avellin, and Papineauville.  As of May 4, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Papineau remained at 35 for the fourth day.

The CISSS de l’Outaouais regional health authority has listed case numbers and the range of case numbers for local municipalities in the MRC de Papineau that have confirmed cases.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases and case ranges for nearby municipalities in the MRC de Papineau as of May 4, 2020.

Municipality Number of cases/range of cases
St-André-Avellin 7
Fassett 5 and less
Papineauville 5 and less

As of Monday, there had been four deaths due to COVID 19 in the larger Outaouais region that includes the MRC de Papineau.

On May 4, there were 133 active cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais region, and 169 resolved cases.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Québec residents reached 32,623 on May 4, which was an increase from 31,865 confirmed cases on May 3.  As of May 4, 1,772 COVID-19 patients were in hospital and 218 of those patients were in intensive care.  Across Québec 2,280 had died from COVID-19 as of May 4, which was an increase from 2,205 deaths on May 3.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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