COVID-19 cases across the MRC d’Argenteuil keep defying the trend across Québec.  While cases continue to increase across the province, the numbers in Argenteuil remain low and decreased to 15 active cases as of Tuesday, January 5 from 16 cases on Monday, January 4. There had been 346 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil as of Tuesday.  Across the entire Laurentides region of Québec, there were 1,079 active cases of COVID-19 as of January 5, a decrease from 1,093 cases on January 4.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Argenteuil remained at 12 as of January 5.

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

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 items that are related to work use such as construction, farm, or logging.

Québec situation prompts talk of curfew 

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 24,313 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Monday, January 4.  There had been 23,364 active cases across the province on Sunday, January 3.  There were 215,358 cumulative cases and 182,602 resolved cases as of Monday, January 4.

Overall, there were 2,508 new cases of COVID-19 across Québec from Sunday to Monday.  As a result of the continually significant increases, provincial public health officials have recommended that Premier François Legault consider imposing a temporary curfew and extending the closure of schools to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 by making it more difficult for citizens to disregard public health measures.

There were 1,317 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of January 4, and 194 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 8,441 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of January 4.