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Statement regarding the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Côte Saint-Luc

The City of Côte Saint-Luc received information from public health authorities on Thursday, March 19 that a patient was transported on Tuesday, March 17 from Le King David assisted living building at 5555 Trent Ave. to the Jewish General Hospital, where the patient was confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Santé Publique has intervened quickly to help reduce the impact and the spread. This involves an investigation into the places the individual travelled outside and their interactions inside the assisted living building. The City of Côte Saint-Luc is not involved in this or any other investigations related to COVID-19. We cannot intervene, as it is in the hands of Quebec health authorities. 

On the evening of Thursday, March 19, we were also made aware of a letter posted online from Congregation Beth Chabad stating that several members had tested positive for COVID-19. We don’t know any more details yet but expect to receive information from health authorities.

Like all cities, we have been expecting this day. For residents who have been practicing social distancing, and doing all you could to prevent the virus from spreading, we commend you. Please continue. For those who have not, it is critical that you immediately put into place all the recommendations of the Quebec health authorities government. If you are back from vacation, you must self-isolate for 14 days. Everyone else should avoid gatherings or any kind. If you are over 70, stay home. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Please avoid any non-essential outings (eg, hairdressers, nail salons, clothing shops, etc.) at this time.

The actions you take in the days and weeks to come will have a huge impact on how our community is affected. Your behaviour could save a life. 

But even as we do all this to stay safe, we must also remember to call our friends and family, and find activities that bring us joy in this stressful time. 

The list of ongoing city actions is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/Coronavirus.