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Visitors now allowed at Laurentides region hospitals, Québec reverses plan to end daily updates of COVID-19 statistics

The CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority in Québec is now authorizing visits to most of its facilities, under certain conditions. Strict security measures are in place to protect residents, visitors and staff.

It will be possible to visit loved ones in a rehabilitation centre, hospital, and long-term care facilities (CHSLD).  Maternity wards and certain other units will remain closed to visitors.

Visitors must comply with several directives, including complying with visiting hours,

protection requirements (health questionnaire, wearing of face cover or mask and hand washing) and the restriction of the number of visitors.

Visits are limited to one person at a time, for a maximum of four visitors per day. It is recommended that visitors be between the ages of 18 and 70. Please note that visitors should not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and / or not be suspected of being infected. The physical distance must be respected in all cases.

To find out all the special conditions for the various sectors and other facilities, consult the “Visit a loved one” section at santelaurentides.gouv.qv.ca for all the details.

Considering that the situation may change, the CISSS des Laurentides recommends checking the website for regular updates.

Daily updates returning

On Wednesday, June 24, the Québec government announced that it would no longer publish daily updates of COVID-19 statistics and instead publish weekly updates.  The decision led to considerable public criticism and on Friday, May 26, Health Minister Christian Dubé said that daily updates would resume as of Monday, June 29.

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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