The CISSS de La Cote-Nord is concerned for unvaccinated North Shore residents as Delta variant cases continue to rise in the province
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 26, 2021: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
A press briefing was held this morning by the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Côte-Nord (CISSS de la Côte-Nord) regarding the COVID-19 situation on the North Shore. The press briefing by Zoom, was led by Ms. Manon Asselin, President and CEO of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, and Dr. Richard Fachehoun, director of public health.
The epidemiological situation on the North Shore is stable, with five cases in the last 10 days. However, the province is going through a fourth wave with increasing numbers of cases and hospitalizations, and an increasing prevalence of the Delta variant, which is more contagious. People who are not adequately vaccinated are more affected by the Delta variant, stresses the CISSS de la Côte-Nord.
Unvaccinated North Shore residents are five times more likely to be infected than their adequately protected neighbors. Also, these unvaccinated residents are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are adequately protected. At this time, almost 84% of eligible residents have received a first dose of the vaccine against the virus, and 76.5% are fully vaccinated. The CISSS de la Côte-Nord estimates that a 90% vaccination rate is needed in order to achieve a group protection against the Delta variant.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord cannot stress enough the importance of all residents aged 12 years and over to get their two doses of the vaccine as soon as possible. The other important element for residents is to protect the health network. Several service reductions were experienced this summer because of the staff shortage. Any more pressure on the health network may have major consequences. This could happen if the number of hospitalizations in the region increases.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord thanks the population for your collaboration and solidarity.
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 19, 2021 - Maison Mecatina welcomes seniors to fill out an application to become a resident
On July 2nd, Maison Mecatina opened it’s doors for community members to take a tour of the new senior facility in La Tabatiere, and now they are ready for applications to be filled. This new senior’s home means that more aging residents will be able to stay in their community, as apposed to having to leave for housing services in other communities of the Lower North Shore.
This new facility has 8 bedrooms (7 single rooms and 1 double room) and boasts many comforts that residents will surely enjoy! The home has an amazing view of the saltwater and is located right on the main road. Home cooked meals provided 3 times daily, plus snacks and baked goods, there will also be fun activities for the residents to participate in. Depending on the needs and autonomy of the residents, Maison Mecatina will base the living arrangements on the specific needs of the clients.
You can checkout the Facebook page of Maison Mecatina by clicking here.
Listen to the interview with Josh Boland, a board member of Maison Mecatina, and Tara Bobbitt, the project coordinator at Maison Mecatina, by clicking on the sound file below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 19, 2021 - Supporting those who served from our region with quilts of comfort
CFBS was speaking today with Camilla Gallibois, the regional representative (Sept-Iles to Blanc-Sablon) for Quilts of Valour, an organization whose mission is to ensure that Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. They give support through the presentation of quilts to comfort past and present Canadian Forces members. A Quilt of Valour is a single, lifetime gift from a grateful nation.
The need for quilts continues to grow. At present, there are approximately 185,000 Veterans in our country, many of whom are eligible to receive a Quilt of Valour. To date, they have presented nearly 17,000 quilts. Each one a handmade hug, stitched with love and gratitude by grateful Canadians.
Check out the Quilts of Valour website by clicking here, to request a quilt for someone you can click here.
Camilla is seeking local quilters who would be interested in volunteering their time to help produce the quilts for those who are eligible. If you are interested in donating your services, contact Camilla by phone at (613) 407-0372 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to the interview with Camilla Gallibois by clicking on the sound file below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 11, 2021 - Learn 3D imaging training with archaeologists on the Lower North Shore!
CFBS was speaking with Manek Kohlatkar, an archaeologist currently working for Archeo-Mamu, the Centre de services scolaire du littoral, and the MRC Golfe du Saint Laurent, to help preserve aspects of local heritage by bringing it to life through 3D image technology.
FREE, interactive mini-workshops, are being offered all along the Lower North Shore in the coming days and weeks to learn where elements of history and heritage are brought to life through 3D modeling. A course is being planned for this fall with the Centre de services scolaire du littoral, those trained will have the future opportunity to work along side archaeologists to digitally catalogue artifacts!
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Listen to the interview with Manek by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
THE 42nd Annual BAKEAPPLE FOLK FESTIVAL BEGINS ON THURSDAY AUGUST 12TH TO SUNDAY AUGUST 15TH in Forteau
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 9, 2021 - WELCOME TO THE BAKEAPPLE FOLK FESTIVAL OF 2021
An interview with Dean Flynn, Chairperson of the Bakeapple Folk Festival in Forteau, speaking about the upcoming festival this weekend now on its 42nd year of providing local fun for all ages!
Check our their new website at: https://www.bakeapplefolkfestival.ca/home/
Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bakeapplefolkfestival/
Listen to the interview with Mr. Flynn by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
LOCAL NEWS - AUGUST 3, 2021 - Learning about our local seabird population
CFBS was speaking with Lisa Gutcher, a QLF Intern and biologist who studied at the University British of Columbia, and Heather Grant McLoughlin, who is also a QLF Intern and a computer scientist, who studied at Dalhousie and Swansea University in the UK. These ladies are currently in Blanc-Sablon working with the Quebec Labrador Foundation on the conservation of the local seabirds, spreading awareness, and engaging the community about our magnificent winged neighbors.
Avid birders, Lisa and Heather have been hosting a series of fun community activities in the last few days, welcoming the community to come out and learn about our seabirds like the Razorbill (Tinker), the Puffin, the Common Eider, the Common Murre (Turre), the Great Black-backed Gull, the Bar-tailed Godwit, and more.
Check out the photos below of the mural painted by these ladies, and community members, during their event held at the Blanc-Sablon General Store on August 2nd. Way to go everyone!
Listen to my interview with Lisa Gutcher and Heather Grant McLoughlin by clicking on the sound files below (click on the speaker icon next to the sound file and a media player will open up to hear the interview).
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