By Gordon Lambie
Friday’s report on COVID-19 developments in Québec showed 527 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 383,718, with 3,501 active cases, just under 1,000 more than there were at the same time a week before.
There were two new deaths recorded, for a total of 11,279 since the start of the pandemic.
The number of people hospitalized because of the virus decreased by four, to 87, but the number of people in intensive care increased by three, to 30.
Despite the acknowledged start of a fourth wave of infections, the provincial and regional health authorities are still not providing additional updates on weekends
In the Eastern Townships, Friday’s update from the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS showed no rise over the 205 active cases reported by the provincial public health institute (INSPQ) on Thursday, but did provide a clearer breakdown of where those cases have been detected.
Of the total, 106 were in Sherbrooke, 55 were in the Haute-Yamaska, 18 were in Memphrémagog, 11 were in the Pommeraie, and seven were in the Val Saint-François. There were two cases in each of the Coaticook and Des Sources regions, and one case in each of the Haut-Saint-François and Granit regions. The total also accounts for two cases not linked to a particular area.
Between Tuesday and Friday of last week, 86 new cases were reported across the Townships.
Friday’s regional update also brought word of the first Covid-related death in the region in months, a resident of a private senior’s home in Bedford.
Following the same pattern as on the provincial level, local hospitalizations decreased by one, to six, but the number of those people in intensive care increased by one, to two.
As of August 19 there were 13 outbreaks being tracked across the region, although the CIUSSS did not provide detailed information about their specific locations.
The next detailed report from the regional health authority is expected on Tuesday.
First-dose vaccine coverage across the province had reached 85.9 per cent of the eligible population at the start of the weekend (75.2 per cent of the population as a whole,) and second dose, or adequate vaccination among the eligible reached 77 per cent.
In the Eastern Townships, 82.6 per cent of those eligible had received a first dose, while 73.4 per cent have received a second.
By Gordon Lambie