Thirty presumptive cases of variants in the Outaouais

The presence of COVID-19 variants may be more widespread than one might think in the Outaouais.

Although no case has been officially confirmed in the region, public health says it is currently investigating about thirty presumptive cases of variants.

The CISSS de l’Outaouais will follow the situation very closely in the coming weeks, advising that there may already be community transmission of a new strain of the virus.

All cases of COVID-19 in the region are now treated as variants.


The origin of the COVID-19 outbreak at the CHSLD Lionel-Émond is still under investigation.

Officials still do not understand why the virus has resurfaced in the facility when 96% of residents have already received a first dose of the vaccine and protocols have been in place since the first outbreak last spring.

More than half of the active cases of all CHSLDs in Quebec are also found in CHSLDs in the Hull sector.

42 residents were recently diagnosed positive for the coronavirus as were 16 employees. Two residents succumbed to the disease.

About 40% of the workers at the Lionel-Émond CHSLD have received their first dose of the vaccine so far. The CISSSO also encourages them not to hesitate to get immunized.

29 new cases of COVID-19 were added to the regional report yesterday.

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