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By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Quebec government confirmed 292 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 65,554 confirmed cases. During that time, the province recorded one death, nine hospitalizations, 133 in total, and four patients placed in the intensive care unit, 23 in total.

Premier François Legault announced that due to an increase in confirmed cases over the past few days, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montreal and Montérégie are moving to the yellow regional alert level, joining Quebec City, Outaouais, Laval.

The Eastern Townships also maintains its yellow status, which is required when infections begin to increase.

The region’s local health authority, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie - CHUS reported 10 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the local total to 1,470. One new positive test came from Sherbrooke’s Ascot district bringing the total in that area to 108.

They are also monitoring a small outbreak situation at the École Le Goéland in Sherbrooke. There are no new cases at the CHSLD Lambton, however, there is a total of 30 confirmed cases at the centre. Two residents have died from COVID-19.

The CHUS reminded Townshippers that one case of COVID-19 does not mean there is an outbreak. The case may be isolated, they said in a press release, and the situation may not exceed one case.

Addressing Quebecers in his daily update, Legault reminded the public about the importance of respecting health and safety guidelines. People need to continue limiting social gatherings to avoid a second wave, which could be detrimental to businesses and schools, he warned.

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