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Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in the Outaouais
CISSS de l’Outaouais’ update
Article published on 20 March 2020
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A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Outaouais.

The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l’Outaouais indicates that the person is from the Gatineau region, and was screened in Ontario. This person is currently in isolation at home and is doing “well”, according to the public health department. The CISSS de l’Outaouais CEO, Josée Filion.

Filion also came back on the first positive case announced this Wednesday in the region, which was hospitalized at the Hôpital Juif de Montréal.

So far, the Outaouais carried out 763 screening tests as of March 20th, of which 336 are awaiting results.

The screening clinic hours have been modified to meet current needs. It is now available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. by appointment only, at 1-819-644-4545.

The CISSS de l’Outaouais expects to report new cases in the coming days. The health network adds that it will communicate with “any person, without exception, who has potentially had contact with confirmed cases”.

The health service continues to free up beds
The CISSS de l’Outaouais says it is continuing its actions to free beds in hospitals in the region. Patients awaiting accommodation are currently being moved to other facilities or resources in order to free up 100 short-term beds.

These actions will also pose a challenge in the network, because patients will have to be transferred outside of Gatineau, according to Josée Filion.

The province of Quebec has recorded 139 cases of COVID-19 to date, including 10 people hospitalized and 1 death. The federal capital has 19 positive cases. In the report released earlier by the Legault government, it was said that the situation is “still under control”.

If you have any questions about the novel coronavirus or if you experience symptoms, please contact 1-819-644-4545 and apply the hygiene measures implemented by the government.

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