The COVID-19 toll is mixed, this Tuesday, in the Capitale-Nationale region, with a number of cases down compared to the toll the day before, but a jump of 10 deaths and an explosion of contagion in a retirement home.
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119 new cases of coronavirus were detected in the last hours in the Quebec City region, compared to 162 infections reported Monday. The 10 new deaths push the cumulative number of coronavirus victims to 446 since the start of the pandemic.
An outbreak at Manoir Sully attracts attention. According to data from the Ministry of Health, 43 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in a short time, bringing the number of infected people to 46. The establishment is under “high surveillance”. For the time being, there are no deaths there.
For its part, Chaudière-Appalaches has recorded 59 new cases, a significant increase compared to Monday, and one additional death.
Cautious optimism in Saguenay
In Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean, the authorities displayed cautious optimism during a press conference on Tuesday morning.
The transmission curve seems to want to stabilize and has reached its lowest point in a month, settling below the symbolic bar of 100 new cases, with 78 new infections. The death toll has grown, with three more deaths.
We can see that the number of active cases in the region is slightly decreasing (1039 people are currently active carriers of the virus).
In laboratories, the positivity rate for screening tests is also trending downwards, and the coronavirus appears to be spreading less quickly than before.
On the other hand, Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean is still the place in Quebec where the virus is most present, all things considered, and the number of outbreaks continues to increase; there are 168 of them, in many types of environments and several companies.
The health network continues to be in great demand with 65 people hospitalized, including 5 in intensive care. Outbreaks in seniors’ living environments remain a concern. No patient transfer to Quebec has been necessary since last week.
“The situation is therefore still worrying in our region, but the drop in the number of cases in recent days is still good news. (…) The situation remains fragile and we must therefore continue to put all our efforts. The holidays are fast approaching and the cold is upon us, ”summed up Dr Donald Aubin, regional director of public health.
“Although the number of reported cases is decreasing in our region, our hospital room for maneuver remains very tight due to the high number of hospitalizations, and it may be like that for two more weeks”, for his part on guard Julie Labbé, President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean.
“The situation is still difficult and I am aware that a lot is being asked of the people of Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean. The number of positive cases in our region is decreasing, there is hope. We do not let go ”, hammered Mme Labbé.