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Argenteuil COVID-19 cases continue decrease as region prepares for red zone status

Active COVID-19 cases among residents of the MRC d’Argenteuil continued to decrease as of February 3, but unfortunately the number of deaths due to COVID-19 increased.

There were 40 active cases of COVID-19 among Argenteuil residents on Wednesday, and there had been 53 active cases on Tuesday.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 across Argenteuil increased from 16 on February 2 to 18 on February 3.

The Québec government reported active cases of COVID-19 at the following schools across the MRC d’Argenteuil as of February 2:

École Dansereau-St-Martin in Grenville

Séminaire du Sacré-Coeur in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge

École St-Philippe in Brownsburg-Chatham

Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute

Polyvalente Lavigne in Lachute

As of February 2, 16 cases of COVID-19 were active at the Résidence de Lachute, and three cases of COVID-19 were active at the CHSLD Argenteuil long-term care facility in Lachute.

Across the Laurentides region of Québec, 12,516 people had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of February 3.

Québec statistics

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 12,988 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Wednesday, February 3.  The number of active cases had increased by 1,053 from February 2 to February 3.

There were 1,106 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of February 3, and 177 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 9,899 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of February 3, which was an increase of 37 deaths from February 2.

Changes to restrictions

The return to the colour-based red-orange-yellow-green COVID-19 warning system was announced on February 2.  However, the present measures remain in effect until February 8.

The CISSS des Laurentides, which includes the MRC d’Argenteuil, is designated as a red zone.  Some of the changes that will take effect on February 8 include:

  • reopening of non-priority businesses, including personal and beauty care
  • reopening of museums and libraries
  • the resumption of outdoor activities with a maximum of four people

The curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., the ban on gatherings in private homes and

on private land, and compulsory working from home will remain in effect. Compliance with health measures remains essential.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a drop in new cases every day.  However, the number of cases for the region remains high compared to the start of last autumn. Also, some territories that had few cases recently experienced an increase in number of people infected in recent weeks, in particular the MRC’s of Antoine-Labelle and Argenteuil. We are monitoring the situation closely, but caution remains in order.  I call on the collaboration of the population to continue to respect all the measures requested by the government,” said Director of Public Health for the Laurentides, Dr. Eric Goyer.

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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