Now in the orange zone and at the beginning of a second wave, the metropolis has seen a renewed sense of urgency. Officials are on alert to control outbreaks and a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Montreal

But "not all the neighbourhoods are equally affected," according to Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin.

In a press conference Monday, Drouin said officials are now focusing testing efforts on the most affected areas, which she said include Parc-Extension, Mont-Royal, Outremont, Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal-Nord, Saint-Michel, and Saint-Léonard.

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These are neighbourhoods for which we will conduct more targeted interventions to enhance our screening efforts.

Dr. MYLÈNE DROUIN

She also mentioned the downtown and area surrounding Atwater and Guy-Concordia metro stations.

She stated that she doesn't believe there is a single reason for these outbreaks and conceded that, in some neighbourhoods, the ability to properly isolate and apply distancing is more difficult.

In contrast, the west end of Montreal is "below the regional average, both in terms of the number of new cases and in test positivity rates," she said.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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