On their own, three private gatherings are at the origin of some twenty cases of COVID-19 infections in the regions of Quebec and Chaudière-Appalaches, alarm the public health authorities.
The contagion toll began to rise again at the start of the week in the Quebec City region.
While the Deputy Premier of Quebec, Geneviève Guilbault, worried Monday about the multiplication of outbreaks in private parties and sensitized adolescents and young adults to the “potentially disastrous” consequences of COVID-19, new cases linked at parties have been identified in recent days.
On Monday, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale reported 16 new people with COVID-19, who were contaminated by community transmission, said Mathieu Boivin, spokesperson for the regional health center.
“They are linked to two private events,” he said, seeing the demonstration “ [qu’]instructions must be respected more than ever, such as the limit on the number of guests and the wearing of face coverings when physical distance is difficult to observe.
In Lac-Etchemin, a “pool party” has also been associated with four cases of contamination so far and has resulted in the isolation of 16 individuals, according to the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches.
Moreover, this region must deal with a second outbreak in a workplace in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. Eight workers at the Plastiques Gagnon company received a positive diagnosis as of Tuesday.
“Me, it’s the speed at which it spreads. I’m really surprised, because we had about half of the cases [qui] were asymptomatic, ”says Plastiques Gagnon CEO Dany Tremblay.
The latter said he was all the more surprised, when the company believed it had “put everything in place” to protect itself against the pandemic, having put forward 56 actions well before the outbreak. Almost all of the employees could be tested on Friday and Monday last.
“The virus is still there”
These two recent outbreaks are the first recorded in more than two months in Chaudière-Appalaches, and occur in regions that had been largely spared during the first months of the crisis, which concerns the director of public health for this territory.
“We have two outbreaks in progress in two environments where there should not be,” laments the Dre Liliana Romero, raising that “the virus is still there” and that we must continue to “protect ourselves”.
► Remember that private gatherings, both outdoor and indoor, must be limited to a maximum of 10 people from three households, and that the distance of two meters must be maintained between individuals who do not have the same address.