During the past week, the number of active cases of COVID-19 among the population of the MRC d’Argenteuil has fluctuated from the mid 30’s to the mid 40’s.  As of Tuesday, January 19, there were 39 active cases of COVID-19 among residents of Argenteuil, which was a decrease from 45 active cases on January 18, according to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority.  There had been 424 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil as of Tuesday.  Across the entire Laurentides region of Québec, there were 813 active cases of COVID-19 as of January 19, which was a decrease from 839 cases on January 18.

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

The Québec government reported active cases of COVID-19 at the following schools across the MRC d’Argenteuil as of January 18:

Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute

Laurentian Elementary School in Lachute

École St-Alexandre in Lachute

École St-Julien in Lachute

École Bouchard in Brownsburg

As of January 19, COVID-19 cases were present at the Résidence de Lachute, and at the CHSLD Argenteuil long-term care facility in Lachute.

Vaccination progress

Across the Laurentides region of Québec, 8,519 people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of January 18.

On January 19, the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services confirmed that the schedule for the vaccination campaign has been revised based on new projections of the number of doses to be received over the coming weeks. These adjustments are a result of the temporary decrease in the arrivals of vaccines from manufacturer Pfizer due to a reorganization of the production line.

The objective of 250,000 doses to be administered by February 8 has been revised downwards, to 225,000 but 1,203,100 doses are expected by March 29. The objective of vaccinating all resident and staff of residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs) by January 25 will still be achieved.  As of January 19, 75 per cent of the residents and employees have already received their first dose. The deployment of vaccinations in private seniors’ residences (RPA) will also be maintained during the week of January 25, but will be done more slowly, with 21,000 doses deployed by February 8.

It is still planned to provide the second dose of vaccine within a maximum of 42 to 90 days.  Residents and staff of long-term and residential care facilities who have already received the first dose, will be able to start receiving the second dose as of March 15. As for citizens of remote regions, the target of 20,000 people to be vaccinated for February 8 will be achieved. However, the target for immunization of health personnel is reduced to 127,000 by February 8.

Québec statistics

Québec began a four-week curfew intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the night of Saturday, January 9.  The curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until February 8.  All citizens are to remain at home during that time, unless for specific medical, employment, or emergency reasons.

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 19,010 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Monday, January 18.  The number of active cases had increased by 1,386 from January 17 to January 18.  There were 245,734 cumulative cases and 217,575 resolved cases across Québec as of January 18.

There were 1,500 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of January 18, and 212 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 9,142 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of January 18.