28 COVID-19 cases in Argenteuil, three local schools now affected

According to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority, as of October 19, there were 28 active cases of COVID-19 among residents of the MRC d’Argenteuil.  The cumulative case count for Argenteuil is now at 183.

School cases expand, long-term care facilities clear

Three schools across the MRC d’Argenteuil had cases of COVID-19, as of October 19, according to the Québec Ministère de l’education.  The schools are École Polyvalente Lavigne in Lachute, Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute, and Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur in Pointe-au-chêne/Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.

The outbreak at Seminaire du Sacré-Coeur began on September 30.  The school closed on October 1 and students learned remotely until resuming in-person classes on October 19.  As of October 16, 18 students and five staff members had tested positive.  The school has been assured by public health authorities that it is safe to reopen and that adequate protection measures are in place.  The school is ready to return to remote learning at any time, if necessary.

As of October 19, there were no outbreaks of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities, other group living institutions, or hospitals across the MRC d’Argenteuil.  The number of COVID-19 deaths in Argenteuil as of October 19 remained unchanged at nine.

Regional alert levels

The MRC d’Argenteuil remained as an orange zone under Québec’s regional COVID-19 alert system as of October 16.  To the east, the neighbouring MRC’s of Deux-Montagnes, Mirabel, and Rivière-du-Nord are red zones.  To the north, the MRC des Pays d’en Haut is an orange zone.  To the west, The MRC de Papineau is an orange zone, but the city of Gatineau and surrounding MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais are red zones.   The Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC south of the Ottawa River is also a red zone.

Residents of a red zone should not be travelling outside their zone to communities within orange zones or to communities in Eastern Ontario.

Across Québec

On October 19, there were 14,748 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec.  According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 95,216 cumulative cases and 80,468 resolved cases.

There were 565 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of October 19, and 100 of those patients were in intensive care.

As of October 19, there had been 6,055 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec.

Preparing more hospital space

The CISSS des Laurentides is working to identify certain secure areas at the Laurentides hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and at the Saint-Eustache hospital in order to be ready, if necessary, to receive more COVID-19 patients.  Currently, the Saint-Jérôme hospital has been the only designated receiving hospital for COVID-19 patients in the Laurentides, and for COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care.

If the situation requires, patients needing hospitalization may no longer be automatically transferred to Saint-Jérôme because of the new spaces in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Saint-Eustache.

CISSS des Laurentides President and CEO Rosemonde Landry said that there are several advantages to the changes.

“The addition of hospitalization areas for infected people with COVID-19 will allow us to transfer patients to different hospitals, which will facilitate the delivery of our care and services. This will undoubtedly have beneficial effects for users, but also for our staff who will be able to support each other even more in the current context, ” she said.

Teams of hospital staff have been preparing for additional cases if new “hot zones” develop.

COVID-19 alert zones across Québec as of October 20, 2020

Information from Gouvernement du Québec website.

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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