The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, unveiled on Tuesday the four levels put in place to guide government actions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The first, green, means that a region is in vigilance mode. The second, yellow, is equivalent to an “early warning” level. Then follow the orange level (moderate alert) and red (maximum alert).
Depending on the situation on September 5, the government therefore announced on Tuesday that the Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Outaouais and Laval are in pre-alert mode. The 14 other health regions are in the green, in vigilance mode.
Over the past week, an average of ten new confirmed cases have been added to the regional toll every day.
Minister Dubé has indicated that the “early warning” mode implies a strengthening of “basic measures”. “Of course there will be more inspections […] which will come to us from the CNESST or […] from public health,” he mentioned.
Mr. Dubé ensures that the residents of the four regions placed in the yellow zone – “where there are fires that are lit” – “will see it” and “smell it”.
“Specific groups” may thus be invited to take a screening test, and “there will be additional tickets”, added the minister. “We had been indulgent to date,” said Mr. Dubé. We are going to give more, because there, we say to ourselves [that] unfortunately, if people do not listen, we are going to take that step. It’s unfortunate, but we had warned enough in advance ”.
His colleague Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, must also announce “more coercive measures” in the coming days. “It will tie a progression of these measures with our color code,” said Christian Dubé.
The Minister of Health insisted on several occasions on Tuesday on the fact that COVID-19 is still very present and that its transmission is done in the community. “This virus is a traitor,” he said.
The Minister of Health also stressed that the yellow category “is a pre-alert mode” and that “it is easy to come out”.
The government indicated that the orange level – moderate alert – for its part “to limit the number of people in private gatherings”, while the red level – maximum alert – “would indicate a limitation of interregional travel and a reduced schedule of certain commercial sectors, thus allowing predictability, particularly among workers and entrepreneurs ”.
Review of the day
Six of the 163 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Quebec on Tuesday come from the Outaouais.
This addition in the Outaouais brings the total number of COVID-19 diagnoses in the region to 907 to date.
On Monday afternoon, the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) indicated that 98 cases were still active in its territory.
Monday’s toll also reported a 34th death from the virus in the region , the first since mid-June.