This is a defining moment for the Legault government, which could see the curve of COVID-19 cases rise again, especially if residents do not follow it. Restrictions during the school vacationAs was the case during the holiday season.
Therefore, schools are expected to be on public health radars in the coming weeks, especially since outbreaks in schools were already on the rise before the spring break.
According to Quebec Health Ministry data, there were, as of March 6, 241 school outbreaks. By comparison, a week ago, on March 1, there were 228 school outbreaks.
The return of children to school coincides with the relaxation of sanitary measures in many regions of Quebec Who is back on Monday in the orange zone.
Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie, Mauricie, Center-du-Québec are already joining Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec and Gaspésie, les-de-la-Madeleine and Outaouais are in the orange zone.
As a general rule, restrictions related to COVID-19 are more flexible in the Orange Zone: curfews, instead of starting at 8 PM, take effect from 9:30 PM. Restaurant owners can serve specific customers in the dining room; Performance halls and training rooms are open; etc.
In the orange zone
- Extracurricular activities are possible (per bubble class) starting March 15th
- Attendance at the houses of worship increased from 25 to 100 people
- Exhibition halls: interference mask, 1.5 meters
- Curfew at 9:30 PM (instead of 8 PM)
- Restaurants: 2 adults per table and their minors
- Sports: max 8 people outdoors; Solo, couple, or in a family bubble inside
Actually there From Greater Montreal, Including Laval, Montérégie, Laurentians, and Lanaudière, in Quebec’s red.
However, special measures continue to apply in Nunavik and Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James.
Variants, especially found in Montreal and schools
Elementary school students in the red zone have a new procedure that must be respected on Monday morning: He wears a medical mask It will now be compulsory in class as well as during excursions to school and on school transportation. However, the directive does not apply on the field.
This measure has been recommended by Public Health to the government in order to cope with the spread of new variants of COVID-19.
Montreal Public Health also expects an increase in the number of Cases associated with variants of the CoronavirusDr Mylene Drouin, Montreal’s Regional Director of Public Health, explained last week. She said the variables are particularly striking in schools.
In the province, the majority of cases related to the British variant were found in the Montreal area (b 18.104.22.168).
The outbreak is less of a concern to the health network
However, the potential for an increase in outbreaks in schools does not unnecessarily worry Dr. Matthew Simon, a pulmonologist and chief of intensive care at the University Institute of Cardiology and Lung Diseases in Quebec.
Now that the most vulnerable population has been vaccinated, the increase in cases, while unwanted, may have a lesser impact on deaths and on the use of hospital resources.
He adds that the increase in the number of cases varies widely depending on the population affected. If it affects healthy adults or young adults who will often catch COVID-19 without experiencing many, or at least serious, symptoms, it is less important than if it were transmitted to a larger population.
With information from Aimée Lemieux
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