Regional public health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak at the Saint-Joseph Seminary in Trois-Rivières. About 20 students and nearly 10 staff members contracted the virus.
“We work in close collaboration with Public Health. We apply the strictest preventive measures and we want to avoid the closure of the school. On the other hand, I must admit that it is the worst scenario which is materializing hour by hour while the virus is spreading in the different academic levels ”, explained Thursday the director general of the Séminaire Saint-Joseph, Dany Dallaire, in interview with VAT News.
The initial cause of the outbreak is said to be a private party where young people would have played bottle. Initially, Secondary 3 students were the most affected, but now the virus has entered 10 classrooms at the school.
“Tomorrow, the Secondary 3 students will remain in isolation at home, but the decision has been taken to also put the Secondary IV and V students in isolation; some as a preventive measure, but others because new cases have been confirmed. Obviously, we will have to take stock on Friday with public health and, depending on the evolution of the cases, there could be massive screening or, worse, the temporary closure of the establishment. However, for the moment, we are doing everything to avoid this option, ”added the director.
Another hot spot
The outbreak in the neurology department of the Trois-Rivières hospital is also under the radar of the authorities. The most recent report shows 20 patients and 27 employees infected with the coronavirus. The balance sheet could increase since depending on the sources of VAT News other departments of the hospital are said to be under pressure.
Record of new cases
The Mauricie-Center-du-Québec region has recorded a record increase in new confirmed cases in 24 hours, or 91 cases identified. Of this number, 37 people are in Mauricie and 54 people in Center-du-Québec.
Regional public health indicates that the main scourge is community transmission. Outbreaks have been seen in schools, businesses and businesses, but a new tangent is tending towards isolated cases. Therefore, epidemiological investigations will have to be made to trace the links of infected people.
To act on a large scale, from Friday the massive screening clinic at the Trois-Rivières industrial building will open its doors. More than 600 tests can be performed daily. The clinic will be open seven days a week to meet demand with or without an appointment.