The rise in COVID-19 cases continues in Gaspé, where 23 new infections were reported on Friday, for a total of 549 cases since the start of the pandemic.
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Nearly 100 new infections have been added to the toll since Monday. Baie-des-Chaleurs is particularly affected. In the MRC d’Avignon, there are currently 141 active cases out of a population of nearly 14,500 people.
Three municipalities are in the red zone, the maximum alert, since Tuesday. They are Maria, Carleton-sur-Mer and Nouvelle.
The measures put in place are starting to have effects on the spread of the virus, according to the regional director of public health.
“The measures that have been put in place are starting to bear fruit in the sense that they would probably have slowed the progression of the outbreak we are experiencing. We now hope that this plateau will hold up a little and will start to come down, ”explained Dr. Yv Bonnier-Viger, public health director for Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Authorities are monitoring the situation closely in the neighboring MRC, Bonaventure. The proximity to the red zone has effects, especially in New Richmond, which is in the orange zone. City officials have taken action to limit the spread of the virus. These initiatives have been welcomed by Public Health.