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Québec has record COVID-19 case increase, but Argenteuil numbers remain low

In Québec, the day-to-day increase of COVID-19 cases from December 29 to 30 was 2,819 new cases. To make a local comparison, the population of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is approximately 2,824.

All of southern Québec is under a temporary red zone designation for COVID-19 control until January 11.  Retail stores are permitted to sell essential items only.  As examples, drugstores can still provide prescriptions, medications, and personal care products, but they cannot sell greeting cards.  Clothing stores can sell work wear for construction, farm, or logging use, but not regular clothing.

However, COVID-19 case numbers among residents of the MRC d’Argenteuil itself remained at the lowest level across the Laurentides region of Québec on the last day of 2020 with 16 active cases.   As of December 31, there had been 332 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil, According to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Argenteuil remained at 12 as of December 31.

As of December 30, no cases of COVID-19 were listed at long-term care facilities or retirement residences across the MRC d`Argenteuil.

Québec information 

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 22,368 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Wednesday, December 30.  There were 202,641 cumulative cases and 172,047 resolved cases as of Wednesday.

There were 1,175 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of December 30, and 165 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 8,226 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of December 30.  In comparison, the population of Brownsburg-Chatham is approximately 7,261.

On Wednesday, Pierre Arcand, a Liberal member of the Québec legislature, faced criticism when it became known that he was vacationing in Barbados while domestic and foreign travel is being discouraged.  Arcand previously served in the cabinets of Premiers Philippe Couillard and Jean Charest.

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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