A new COVID-19 outbreak has broken out aboard a ship anchored off a municipality in the Haute-Côte-Nord.
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A public health team was dispatched to the ship on Sunday to test the 15 crew members after a sailor tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous days. At least one other case has been identified.
As long as the situation is not fully controlled, the vessel remains immobilized. Further tests will be carried out over the next few days.
“We still plan to do screening within a week and if everything is correct, the ship can be released by Transport Canada,” said the director of public health for the North Shore, Dr. Richard Fachehoun.
“The investigation is ongoing. The people on the ship have no contact with the people of the North Shore and we are monitoring the situation very closely. There is a great collaboration between the partners concerned, ”he added.
The North Shore has 47 active cases. The two main outbreaks that have caused the numbers to swell in the past week are stable.
However, screening is becoming increasingly important at a time when several viruses, other than COVID, are circulating, such as respiratory syncytial virus and influenza. Also, many citizens suffer from colds.
“Even though everyone around us has symptoms similar to a cold, if you have a runny nose, possibly associated with a sore throat, or if you have a cough, get tested. it is important ”, underlined Doctor Fachehoun.
No less than 83.7% of the population of the North Shore is adequately vaccinated, which is acceptable, according to Dr. Fachehoun.
Unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to contract COVID and 30 times more likely to be hospitalized.
To avoid adding pressure on the health system, the public health department strongly recommends that the vulnerable population and people 65 years of age and over be vaccinated against influenza.