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COVID-19 cases drop to five in Argenteuil, 6,707 cases across Québec

There were just five active cases of COVID-19 among residents of the MRC d’Argenteuil as of Tuesday, May 18, according to the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority. The number of active cases among Argenteuil residents had not changed since Monday, May 17.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 across Argenteuil remained at 24 as of Tuesday.

Across the Laurentides region of Québec, there was a total of 235 active cases of COVID-19 as of May 18.

Vaccination information

Since May 14, COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available to all adults aged 18 and greater in Québec.

The Québec department of health and social services reported that 300,101 COVID-19 vaccine doses been administered across the Laurentides territory as of Tuesday, May 18. Across Québec, 4,469,055 vaccine doses had been administered as of Tuesday.

On May 13, use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose was suspended in Québec due to continued concerns resulting from blood clots which some individuals developed after receiving the vaccine.

Vaccinations MUST be made by appointment and can be scheduled by going to QUÉBEC.CA/VACCINCOVID or by calling 1-866-495-5833.

Schools and long-term care facilities

According to the Québec government, the only school in the MRC d’Argenteuil with any active cases of COVID-19 as of May 18 is Polyvalente Lavigne in Lachute. As of Tuesday, there were no active cases of COVID-19 at long-term care or retirement residences in the MRC d’Argenteuil.

Québec statistics

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 6,707 active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Tuesday, May 18, and there were 549 new cases across Québec on Tuesday.

There were 484 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of Tuesday, and 118 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 11,050 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of May 18, which was an increase of eight deaths from May 17.

Restrictions

Under Québec’s regional system of COVID-19 emergency measures, the MRC d’Argenteuil, and the entire Laurentides region, is a red zone.

The curfew between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., the ban on gatherings in private homes and on private land, and compulsory working from home remain in effect. Entry into Québec from Ontario is also restricted in response to Ontario closing its border to non-essential traffic until June 3.

Restrictions across Québec are expected to be reduced in the coming days. Those include an end to the curfew for many regions and shifting from red to yellow or orange level.

 

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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