The situation remains worrying in the north of Lac-Saint-Jean

The situation remains worrying in the north of Lac-Saint-Jean

With a rate of 432 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, the battle against COVID-19 is far from won north of Lac-Saint-Jean.

“We will not be hiding, there is a certain relaxation that sets in,” said the mayor of Dolbeau-Mistassini, Pascal Cloutier.

Worried, he appealed to his people.

“If you don’t think it’s important to you, at least do it for others. In the hospital, it’s not easy. Already it was not easy with the services before, we want to make sure we can maintain them. But with the current situation, it becomes more and more difficult and you may need these services, ”he insisted.

According to Pascal Cloutier, the curfew is still respected by the vast majority of the population.

He received confirmation from the Sûreté du Québec that the patrollers will be more present in the forest in order to enforce health instructions.

“There are things planned to make more control at the level of snowmobilers, always with the aim of preventing gatherings in cabins,” he said.

At least three private seniors’ residences are still struggling with an outbreak in the Maria-Chapdelaine local service network.


At the Manoir des Cinq Saisons in Dolbeau-Mistassini, the 220 residents have so far been spared.

“There is not a day that we do not cross our fingers so that the virus does not enter,” said the director general of the establishment, Sébastien Gauthier.

For him, no compromise is possible when it comes to health measures.

“During the summer, it was quieter for everyone, but we never let go,” he said.

He is concerned about the physical health of residents, but also their mental health.

A nurse is released full time to tour residents.

But Sébastien Gauthier’s greatest concern concerns family caregivers.

“We are happy to have them as caregivers. Our residents need them, but it’s always stressful when they come. You never know where they came from and what they did before entering a resident’s home, ”explained Mr. Gauthier.

Like his residents and staff, he hopes he won’t have to wait too long for the vaccine.

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