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COVID-19 | Call for Heightened Vigilance by the Populations of Granby and Bromont

Thursday March 26, 2020 | News

A high potential for transmission of COVID-19 has been noted in the populations of Granby, Bromont, and the surrounding areas.

It appears that people carrying the virus have frequented or are still frequenting a number of public places. We are counting on the collaboration and solidarity of those affected, and of the population in general, to help us slow the spread of the virus in our region. 

According to Dr. Alain Poirier, the head of public health in Estrie, "the locations per se don't increase the risk. Rather, it's the people carrying the virus who fail to follow the containment instructions. They expose the people around them and their fellow citizens to the virus. The required voluntary isolation must last for 14 days." It is essential for people who test positive to avoid contact. 

People in the population who present symptoms of cough or fever or breathing difficulties, and who meet all the screening criteria, must go to the testing centre located near the Granby Hospital emergency department. The centre is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., on a walk-in basis. There is no need to go to the test centre of you do not have at least one of the three symptoms, since the test will not be able to detect the virus. 

For any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, people with or without symptoms can visit or call 1-877-644-4545.

Reminder of the Three Screening Criteria

  • Returning from a trip outside Canada
  • Having one or more of these symptoms: fever, cough, or breathing difficulties
  • The symptoms must have started within 14 days of returning from travel.


Preventive Screening for Staff at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and the Haute-Yamaska and La Pommeraie LSNs

Considering the high potential for transmission, special measures are being taken to protect staff at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and the Haute-Yamaska and La Pommeraie LSNs. Any staff member, including doctors, who present with any of the three symptoms (fever or cough or breathing difficulties), are asked to get tested, ideally, no later than Monday, March 23 at 4 p.m. at the test centre located near the Granby Hospital emergency department. This is even if they have no history of travel or close contact with a confirmed case. The capacity of the test centre will be adjusted according to the traffic expected. Staff will be required to present their employee ID or a document attesting to their employment by the institution.

The two targeted LSNs currently have a greater potential for spreading the virus in the community than in the other areas. Staff members of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS in the other LSNs are not currently required to go in for preventive screening.

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