Cases of COVID-19 remained of concern at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur in Pointe-au-chêne/Grenville-sur-la-Rouge as of Tuesday, October 6.  Three teachers and two students at the private Catholic school had tested positive during the past week.  All classes at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur are being held online this week.

No other confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff at any other public or private schools in the MRC d’Argenteuil were listed by the Québec education ministry as of October 6.

The residency of the teachers who tested positive at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur is unknown.  As of October 6, there were only two active cases of COVID-19 across the entire MRC d’Argenteuil. The current number of active cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil is the lowest across the entire Laurentides region of Québec.

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 6.  The number of COVID-19 deaths since March remained unchanged at nine.

Regional alert levels

On October 6, under Québec’s regional COVID-19 alert system, the MRC d’Argenteuil remained as an orange zone.  To the east, the neighbouring MRC’s of Deux-Montagnes, Mirabel, and Rivière-du-Nord are red zones.  The Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC is also a red zone.  Residents of red zones should not travel outside of their region to help contain the spread of COVID-19 to less affected areas.

Checkpoints coming back

On October 5, the Québec government announced that police checkpoints are returning to highways in the Laurentides, Estrie, Chaudière-Appalaches, and Charlevoix regions to remind residents of red zones not to travel to other areas unless it is absolutely necessary.  The Sûreté du Québec is calling the checkpoints “awareness points” and will not be issuing fines at them.

Periodic checkpoints were common on the Long Sault Bridge entering Grenville and on Autoroute 40 near Pointe-Fortune during the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring.  However, there is no indication if they will be set up at those locations again.

Across Québec

There were 13,981 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Monday, October 5.  The number of cases had increased by 1,364 from Sunday, October 4.

As of October 5, there were 397 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec, and 67 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 5,899 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec during this pandemic, as of October 5.