The proximity to the city of Ottawa is one of the main reasons why the Outaouais is still in the red zone, despite a sustained downward trend in the number of cases, outbreaks and outbreaks. hospitalizations related to COVID-19.
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According to regional public health authorities, the situation in the Outaouais is unique and cannot be compared to any other region in Quebec, particularly because of the many trips between the two large urban areas of Gatineau and Ottawa, as well as the presence of virus variants in the federal capital.
“It is clear that our proximity [avec Ottawa] has an impact on the transmission of the virus in our community, ”admitted the President and CEO of the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO), Josée Filion.
“Our border situation requires us to be extra vigilant,” added the director of public health in the Outaouais, Dr. Brigitte Pinard.
All the statistics concerning COVID-19 are however on a downward slope in the Outaouais, and have been for a few weeks.
As proof, a daily average of only 16 new cases was recorded last week. As of Wednesday, there were only 10 new cases, 14 active outbreaks and eight hospitalizations nationwide.
Three more rural regions had only a handful of cases still active, namely the MRCs of Vallée-de-la-Gatineau (12), Papineau (11) and Pontiac (less than five). which is not without shocking the traders and elected officials of these sectors.
“We prefer to act with great caution so as not to lose control. It’s a difficult decision, but we consider it a good decision, ”explained Ms. Filion.
“This is a collective effort, because the situation must be further stabilized in order to protect the regional health network,” added Dr. Pinard.