By Gordon Lambie
Tuesday’s update on the COVID-19 situation in the Eastern Townships reported 235 new cases over the last week, and 325 active cases across the region. There were also three new deaths across the region, bringing the total number of people who have died of the virus in the Townships since the start of the pandemic to 371.
The number of people in hospital for Covid dropped to ten, only one of whom was in intensive care, but the number of outbreaks being monitored across the region increased to 24.
The cluster of infections in the Des Sources Region was still considered active on Tuesday and had picked up 10 new cases since the previous update.
The Province of Quebec reported 340 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 423,335. The number of active cases dipped back below 4,000 to reach 3,852.
There were four new deaths recorded for a total of 11,481 since the start of the pandemic, and 259 hospitalizations: the same number as the previous day despite 16 new admissions. The number of people in intensive care decresed to 66 after four new entries and seven new discharges.
Despite 8,900 new vaccine doses administered, the provincial rates of vaccination remained largely unchanged at 90 per cent for a first dose and 86 per cent for a second. In the Townships those rates are now at 86.5 per cent and 84.1 respectively.