Quebec surpasses 10,000 COVID deaths

Record Staff
Quebec surpasses 10,000 COVID deaths

The Province of Québec reported 1,081 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday after 1,204 on Saturday and 1,101 on Friday, bringing the total number of people infected to 270,058, with 11,915 cases still active. The data also reported 32 new deaths following reports of 23 on Saturday and 26 on Friday, for a weekend total of 81 and an overall total of 10,031. The number of hospitalizations decreased consistently over the weekend by 19 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 963. Among these, the number of people in intensive care decreased by 1, for a total of 158. The samples conducted on February 5 amount to 35,652 for a total of 6,088,912. Finally, 2,033 doses of vaccine were administered Sunday, for a total of 256,550. To date, 294,825 doses have been received.
In the Estrie Region the weekend brought news of 128 new cases, spread out over three days (39 on Friday, 46 on Saturday, and 43 on Sunday). As of Sunday’s report there were 353 active cases in the region, spread out across almost all local health networks as follows: 59 in la Pommeraie, 71 in Haute-Yamaska, 29 in Memphrémagog, nine in Coaticook, 103 in Sherbrooke, 31 in Val Saint-François, eight in Haut-Saint-François, and 41 in Granit. There are no active cases in the Asbestos local health network.
The number of local hospitalizations declined to 27, with an additional six people in intensive care. The total number of deaths associated with the virus in the region, meanwhile, increased to 285.
To date 256,550 doses of vaccine have been administered in the province of Quebec, 11,070 have been in the Estrie Region
A significant outbreak at the Excelsoins Residence in the town of Lac Brome accounts for many of the positive cases recorded in that area. The original outbreak published last week by Excelsoins identified the Knowlton outbreak as new, with 16 residents on the third floor and five employees testing positive as of Feb. 4. Now on the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS outbreak watch, four additional residents and three employees reported positive test results on Sunday, bringing the total to 38 infections at Excelsoins Residence (22 residents, 16 employees).
Also last week, the Wales Home in Cleveland announced that a case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in a resident of its RPA section who was in hospital for an unrelated concern. That news prompted a significant campaign of testing and vaccination among staff and other residents living at the home, but the home’s executive director Brendalee Piironen confirmed to The Record Sunday that those follow up tests turned up only negative results within the facility. A follow up between the Wales Home and Public Health is scheduled for February 12th to review the need for a second mass testing, and residents remain under isolation measures for the time being.
The third floor of Sherbrooke’s école du Touret, which serves students aged four to 21 with moderate to severe intellectual impairment, was closed on Sunday in the face of a rising number of students and members of the personnel. According to a press release issued by the Sherbrooke area School Service Centre (CSSRS) the entire floor is being treated as if they were at moderate risk of exposure and will remain in collective isolation until February 19. A mobile testing team will be at the school on Monday to test all those in close contact with the affected population.

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