The two schools in Wemotaci, in Mauricie, find themselves having to close their doors on a preventive basis.
Elected officials and members of the Wemotaci community, with the collaboration of regional public health, are working at high speed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on its territory.
Two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the last hours. These are two employees of the administrative center who were infected. Sixteen other people are in isolation and awaiting results.
It must be said that the administrative center of the community is an extremely busy place. The building, with the exception of the post office, is closed. The complete disinfection of the surface points is in progress.
The two schools in the territory, Nikanik and Seskitin, had to be closed as a preventive measure on Thursday noon, for the rest of the week. Public health and elected officials will reassess the situation by November 16.
The main challenges of the small community are remoteness, access to health services and above all, the overcrowding caused by overcrowding in houses and apartments.
The issue of access to health care is not negligible. Nurses offer services in the community, but if there is a need for hospitalization, the nearest hospital is in La Tuque, a 1.5 hour drive on a dirt road. For now, those infected are doing well.
Remember that during the first wave, the Atikamekw community, located north of La Tuque, had succeeded in preventing the spread on its territory. Since the start of the pandemic, 5 cases in total in Wemotaci.