The Public Health Department in the Eastern Townships announced a COVID-19 outbreak centred around the Partage St-François homeless shelter in Sherbrooke on Tuesday. According to the information provided, seven different positive cases were linked to the facility, triggering a response that extends across all services to the local homeless population. As a part of this response, a mobile vaccination and testing clinic will be on site at the la Chaudronnée soup kitchen Wednesday.
The local healthcare establishment, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS reported 324 active cases of COVID-19 in the region, a significant increase from the last report. According to Tuesday’s update, 156 new cases were reported between Friday and Tuesday, with increases in every sub-region of the territory and no area with fewer than 13 active cases.
There were 16 people in hospital in the region, three of whom were in intensive care, and there were no new deaths reported.
The Province of Quebec reported 342 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the smallest daily update since August, bringing the total number of people infected to 420,471. Coupled with 585 new recoveries, this brought the number of active cases in the province back down under 5,000, to 4,861.
There were four new deaths recorded, for a total of 11,453 since the start of the pandemic.
The overall number of hospitalizations decreased to 297, after 25 new entries and 31 new discharges lead to a drop of six compared to the previous day. The number of people in intensive acre also decreased by two, to 75, despite six new admissions to ICUs across the province.
Local vaccination rates in the Eastern Townships reached 86.2 per cent for a first dose and 83.7 per cent for a second.