Estrie facing new restrictions as daily case count reaches 90

Record Staff
Estrie facing new restrictions as daily case count reaches 90

At 90, Sunday’s count of new cases of COVID-19 in the Estrie region was the highest it has ever been. Although a press release issued by the CIUSSS de l’Estrie CHUS early in the day stopped short of changing the region’s alert status, Dr. Alain Poirier, the regional public health director, did announce new control measures in three key areas.
“We had seen the rates rise over the past week, with data surpassing the biggest days of our first wave,” Poirier said. “All age groups and sectors of our territory are affected but we have three more critical areas: the Asbestos, Lac-Mégantic and Granby sectors, where new, more restrictive measures have been put in place to curb the spread.”
Alongside more targeted calls for testing in these sectors, the public health department also announced that the number of visitors allowed into private seniors’ homes has been reduced from six to two per resident. This measure, normally reserved for red zones, was already in place in the region’s publicly funded long term care homes.
On the subject of increasing the regional alert level, the notice pointed out the fact that the weekly meeting of regional public health directors would be taking place later in the day on Sunday, and that announcements of changes are only made by the Premier.

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