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Fewer deaths

Twenty seniors succumbed to complications from COVID-19 this week, including three deaths on Friday in the private seniors’ residences Les Jardins de Pinecroft in Magog, Résidence Haut-Bois in Sherbrooke and Résidence Villa du Roy Fleurimont Sherbrooke.

Since the start of the pandemic in Estrie, there have been 9,676 people declared positive for COVID-19 and 222 deaths. To date, 8,523 people are considered recovered. There are therefore 931 still active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

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Good news, too: the outbreak at CHSLD Villa-Bonheur in Granby is officially over. This outbreak is the worst to have occurred in Estrie since the start of the pandemic. The toll is very heavy: 88 of the 100 residents have been infected. Thirty-six residents have succumbed to complications from the coronavirus. One hundred and four employees were also infected.

The situation has also stabilized in several CHSLDs that have been fighting for several weeks against the spread of the coronavirus within their walls, in particular at the CSSS de Coaticook, the CHSLD Argyll, the non-traditional Bowen site and the CHSLD Marie-Berthe-Couture in Granby. The Fleurimont Hospital remains under high tension, however.

Indicators to watch

What are the indicators to watch for a return to the orange zone?

The Eastern Townships remained in an orange zone for several weeks this fall, while the surrounding regions turned red.

“We are still far from the orange zone,” says Dr Alain Poirier.

Several criteria are taken into account to change a bearing region. To return to the orange zone, Estrie should for example have less than 50 new reported cases of COVID-19 per day, the positivity rate for screening tests should be around 3% (it was between 4 and 11% during the month of January), the number of outbreaks is taken into account, as well as the capacity of the hospital system to receive new patients.

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