The positivity rate is higher than elsewhere in the province, particularly in Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie-et-les-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Despite the increase in cases, Public Health in Gaspésie-et-les-Îles-de-la-Madeleine is not worried. She argues that despite the high positivity rate in the region, few people develop serious complications after contracting the virus. Remember that the BA.5 variant, which is predominant in Quebec, is more contagious, but less virulent than other variants, in particular the Delta variant.
However, she reminds us of the importance of being vigilant. She maintains that at this time last year, thanks to sanitary measures, the number of outbreaks in the region was limited. A year later, the region believes it is reaching the peak of the seventh wave.
Also according to Public Health, the rise in cases is not a surprise, given the holding of festivals and the arrival of tourists. The watchword therefore remains caution.
“The virus is still present, commented the regional director of Public Health for Gaspésie-et-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Dr. Yv Bonnier Viger. If people have to attend gatherings and cannot keep a distance of two meters (it is recommended) to wear a mask. We know that the mask reduces transmission by half.”
For its part, Public Health of Bas-Saint-Laurent recalls the importance of seeking a booster dose after a period of 5 to 6 months. . Thirty-one people are currently hospitalized in the region.