As of the afternoon of Friday, October 2, two teachers had tested positive for COVID-19 at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur, a private, Catholic school in Pointe-au-chêne/Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. The first teacher had tested positive on Tuesday, September 29. According to a parent of a student at the school, parents were notified on Friday by email and mobile app that the second teacher had tested positive.
The school had been closed since September 30. The parent who contacted The Review said that the email and app notification stated that the school would be closed for the entire week of October 4 to 10 and all instruction would be online for that week.
The parent said that the email explained that all teachers at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur have been tested, but not all students have been tested because public health officials determined that the risk of infection was low. However, the email did tell parents to watch for symptoms in their children if they had been in contact with the infected teacher.
Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur is currently listed as a school affected by COVID-19 on the regularly updated list provided by the Québec education ministry.
As of October 2, there were no other confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff at any other public or private schools in the MRC d’Argenteuil.
It is not known if the teachers who tested positive are residents of the MRC d’Argenteuil. The CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority reported on October 2, that there were only two active cases of COVID-19 among Argenteuil residents out of the 200 cumulative cases there have been in the MRC so far.
There were no outbreaks of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities, other group living institutions, or hospitals across the MRC d’Argenteuil as of October 2. The number of COVID-19 deaths remained unchanged at nine.
Regional alert levels
The MRC d’Argenteuil remained an orange zone on October 2, under Québec’s regional COVID-19 alert system. The neighbouring MRC’s of Deux-Montagnes, Mirabel, and Rivière-du-Nord are red zones with significant restrictions in place on gatherings and travel. The Outaouais region to the west remained an orange zone as of October 2.
According to the health ministry, there were 76,273 cumulative cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Friday, October 2. The number of cases had increased by 1,052 from Thursday, October 1. The Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) reported that as of October 1, 63,683 cases across Québec were resolved, which means that approximately 83.5 per cent of the 76,273 cases were resolved, and that there were approximately 12,590 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec.
There were 302 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of October 2 and 49 of those patients were in intensive care.
There had been 5,857 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec, as of October 2.