Sherbrooke announced the closure of all its municipal pools on Monday after a member of the lifeguarding staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes one day after the city announced that case of the virus had been confirmed at a municipal day camp.
According to a press release issued by the city, the action was taken as a temporary, preventative measure because of the fact that the individual in question had been in contact with other lifeguards in the city over the previous few days. No information was provided as to what pool the lifeguard worked at.
Asked for clarification on whether visitors to a particular city pool should be concerned, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS communications representative Félix Massé simply told The Record that the Public health department was investigating the situation in order to identify possible contacts. People considered to be at moderate risk of infection or higher will be contacted by telephone.
On the provincial front, Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault issued a call to action for Quebec’s young adults. She said that a significant portion of the COVID-19 cases in the province involve people between the ages of 15-34 and argued that now is the time for these people to take care and make sure not to put those around them at risk.
The Deputy Premier also spoke critically of the anti-mask protests taking place across the province.
The Estrie administrative region saw an increase of seven confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,022 since the start of the pandemic. With 952 of those cases considered recovered and 26 people having died, that leaves the total number of active cases in the region at 44. At the moment none of those sick with the virus in the region are hospitalized.
Across the province, the total number of confirmed cases climbed by 145 to 58,728 and the number of people considered recovered increased by 74 to 50,886. The number of deaths remained stable at 5,667, while three more people were hospitalized and three people left intensive care.