LOCAL NEWS - DECEMBER 16, 2020: NORTH SHORE – CISSS PRESS BRIEF COVERAGE
A press briefing was held this afternoon 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 was led by Mr. Claude Lévesque, interim president and CEO of the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, Dr. Richard Fachehoun, medical specialist in public health and preventive medicine, and Mr. Dave Charlton, Regional Chief Pharmacist.
The North Shore territory will move into an orange alert level 3 tonight at midnight tonight for the period of time between Dec. 17 and Jan. 11, as the province's yellow zones will be upgraded to orange and orange zones to red — which is the highest alert level. Travel restrictions will apply within an orange zone, schools will be closed from Dec. 17th to Jan. 11th, multiple stores will be closed starting on December 25th, and telework is also recommended for office workers whose employer does not require their presence in office.
Regarding the travel restrictions, for the Lower North Shore and the other isolated regions such as Minganie and Caniapiscau, the entry protocol will now apply the same as the rest of Quebec. All visitors to the region will have to undergo a screening test upon arrival and undergo isolation. This rule will not apply for travel within the region.
The following orange alert level 3 information was taken from the Government of Quebec website, which can be found at www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progressive-regional-alert-and-intervention-system/level-3-alert-orange/:
The CISSS de la is also actively preparing for the COVID vaccination campaign on the North Shore, stating that they want to be prepared to administer the vaccine to the population as soon as it is received, expecting approval in the coming days.
The CISSS de la Côte-Nord would like to remind the population that a telephone consultation service is available at all times. A qualified nurse or a social counsellor will answer the calls 7 days a week / 24 hours a day, through the Info Health/Info-Social programs, by simply dialing 8-1-1.