Local health authority calls on citizens to support the government’s 28-day plan

Record Staff

The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, in collaboration with Sherbrooke city officials, members of the National Assembly and representatives from the education community, is calling on all Eastern Townships residents to rally against a second wave of COVID-19.
The CIUSSS wants everyone to reduce contact with people outside of their homes for the next 28 days and to take the government’s warnings seriously in order to stop the spread of the virus.
In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the health authority stated that whether people are at home, work or school, there are five important actions to take in order to stem the second wave: cough into your elbow, wash your hands, keep your distance, cover your face and reduce unnecessary visits.
This is for the safety of our relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbours, the press release continued, and it is done in order to bring life back to normal. At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, local representatives will reach out via social media to remind its members of the 28-day challenge.
The CIUSSS and its partners will share important messages throughout the next month about symptoms and screening, containment rules, reliable sources of information and staff recruitment in order to better inform the population about the second wave.
For all information on the social and health situation in the Eastern Townships, visit the
santeestrie.qc.ca/covid-19 or the Facebook page Équipe de santé publique de l’Estrie.
The local health authority in the Townships also released its daily COVID-19 numbers, revealing only eight new cases across the region.
In terms of outbreaks being monitored in local institutions, the CHSLD D’Youville, Hôpital Fleurimont and CHSLD Argyll are on outbreak watch after one staff member from each facility tested positive for the virus. There are three new cases of COVID-19 at the Hôpital de Granby and a small outbreak of less than five people, at an unnamed agricultural business in Coaticook.
Meanwhile Quebec’s public health team reported 838 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of people infected to 74,288. There were no new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. But here was one death registered between September 23 and September 28.
The number of hospitalizations increased by 15 for a total of 262. Intensive care unit patients increased by two for a total of 43 number of people in intensive care increased by 2, for a total of 43.

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