The CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, the regional healthcare establishment for the Eastern Townships, announced last week that, effective Nov. 1, the COVID-19 testing centre in the town of Val-des-Sources (formerly known as Asbestos) will be relocated to 425 Chassé Street. The services of the centre will continue to operate on an appointment-only basis either online through cv19quebec.ca or by calling 1-855-244-1548 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The Chassé Street location will be open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although the CIUSSS does not provide updates over the weekend, their Friday report recorded 339 active cases across the Eastern Townships, with 112 having been reported between Oct. 26 and the 29. Of that total were in 19 in la Pommeraie, 59 in Haute Yamaska, 23 in Memphremagog, 10 in the Coaticook area, 114 in Sherbrooke, 32 in the Val Saint-François, 10 in Des Sources, 39 in the Haut-Saint-François, and 29 in Granit.
The region reported only one new death due to the virus, bringing the total number of people who have died in the area due to COVID-19 since March of 2020 to 372.
As of Friday there were 12 people in hospital in the region with Covid, two of whom were in intensive care.
The Province picked up 1,669 new cases over the weekend, along with four new deaths. This increased the total number of people who have been infected in Quebec since the start of the pandemic to 425,960.
The overall number of hospitalizations on Sunday was 236, down 18 from where it was in the Record’s last report. The number of people in intensive care also decreased, by five, to 62.
Quebec is now reporting an 87 per cent vaccination rate for a second dose among the eligible population, as compared to 90 per cent for a first dose. In the Eastern Townships those figures are at 84.2 per cent for two doses, and 86.6 per cent for first.
The next detailed update on the situation in the townships is expected Tuesday.