COVID-19
The Outaouais now has its screening clinic
Article published on 14 March 2020
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A COVID-19 screening clinic was opened this Saturday morning at 135, boulevard St-Raymond, in Gatineau (Hull). The Centre intégré de santé et de service sociaux (CISSS) de l’Outaouais plans to perform up to 400 screening tests per week.

Users must contact 1-877-644-4545 to obtain an appointment at the clinic. It is not possible to go directly there without authorization.

The CISSS de l’Outaouais also does not rule out adding additional centers in the various sectors of the Outaouais if needed.

For questions related to the virus, the government is asking to call 1-877-644-4545 rather than 811.

Measures announced by the Premier of Quebec, François Legault:
- Self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who, as of March 12th, 2020, returns from abroad
- Mandatory isolation for 14 days for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, who, as of March 12th, 2020, return from abroad
- The cancellation, as of March 12th, 2020 and for 30 days, of indoor gatherings of more than 250 people or unnecessary gatherings.
- The closing of all childcare services (childcare centres, subsidized and non-subsidized childcare services, home childcare services and unregulated childcare services) and the education network (elementary and secondary schools, training centres, private schools, CEGEPs, colleges and universities) from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27th. (However, measures will be implemented to continue to offer childcare services to parents who work in the health network and in essential services)
- Access to CHSLDs will be restricted by security officers, who will verify the origin of visitors and require hand washing.

So far, five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ottawa, none in the Outaouais. (Updated at 12:30 p.m., March 14th, 2020). A total of 21 cases have been identified in Quebec.

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