There had been a cumulative 110 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the MRC d’Argenteuil as of Monday, August 18, which was an increase of one case from Friday, August 14, according to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority.  The authority, which serves seven MRC’s and the municipality of Mirabel, did not provide numbers of how many active or resolved cases there were in Argenteuil.

There were no COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care or other group living facilities in the MRC d’Argenteuil as of August 18.

The CISSS des Laurentides reported on August 18 that there had been 4,111 confirmed COVID-19 cases across its territory since the pandemic began, which was an increase from 4,091 cases on August 14.  Out of those 4,111 confirmed cases, 367 remained active as of August 18 and 3,744 or 91 were resolved.

There had been nine deaths due to COVID-19 across the MRC d’Argenteuil as of August 18.  That total had not increased since August 14.  Also as of August 18, there had been 256 COVID-19 deaths across the CISSS des Laurentides territory.

Québec COVID-19 statistics

As of August 18, there had been 61,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across Québec since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 248 cases since August 14.  According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), 54,083 cases of COVID-19 across Québec were resolved as of August 17, which means that  88.3 per cent of the 61,252 cases were resolved and that there were 7,106 active cases across Québec.

Across Québec as of August 18, 145 COVID-19 patients were in hospital and 27 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 5,727 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 in Québec as of August 18, which was an increase of nine deaths since August 14.

Second wave plan

On Tuesday, August 18, Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé, Delegated Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, and the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, announced they are implementing a series of actions in preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in Québec.

The government stated that it has learned from the first wave of the pandemic and has drawn lessons from it. The action plan presented priority projects and solutions to be implemented by September 30, 2020 to prepare the health and social services network for a potential second wave of outbreaks.

The action plan is based on nine areas of intervention, namely living environments for the elderly, vulnerable clienteles, the workforce, screening, prevention and control of outbreaks, clinical organization and services, procurement, governance and communications.

In particular, the government of Quebec is mobilizing to:

  • Have a manager responsible for each long-term care facility (CHSLD)
  • Maintain safe access for family caregivers
  • Offer home support services adapted to the needs of users
  • Minimize workload shedding in the social services sector
  • Massively recruit workers in CHSLD’s
  • Prohibit the mobility of labour, while strictly respecting the rules of infection prevention and control
  • Reduce the time taken for the entire COVID-19 screening process
  • Offer optimal services for surgery, endoscopy and medical imaging
  • Ensure a strong supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) by entering into agreements with Québec manufacturers for the production of strategic products
  • Reaching the entire population through targeted communications for different audiences.

The plan was accompanied by the announcement of $106 million in funding for public health authorities to hire more staff and acquire materials.  The government is recruiting approximately 1,000 full-time equivalent employees which it hopes will allow regional health care facilities to have a better capacity to quickly trace cases of COVID-19, prevent and manage outbreaks, and to coordinate the administration of a possible vaccine.