In a press release issued by Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé on December 11, the province announced two more municipalities in the Laurentians would be classified as COVID-19 red zones.

The designation will be in effect as of Monday, December 14 at 12:01 a.m. in MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut and MRC des Laurentides, according to the press release.

The government is also altering measures for schools and sports in the subregions, but those regulations will come into effect as of December 17.

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We are seeing a significant increase in cases in two areas of the Laurentians region, and that is why we are asking the population to double down on their efforts and vigilance. 

Christian Dubé, Health Minister 

The Laurentians region, known as Laurentides in French, has seen a total of 8,683 COVID-19 cases and 343 deaths since the pandemic began. 

The Pays-d'en-Haut subregion is responsible for 508 of the 8,683 cases, with a rate of 1,145.12 cases per 100,000 Quebecers. 

It is also currently the part of the Laurentians region with the highest rate of active cases per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, the MRC des Laurentides subregion is reported as having 379 total cases, with a rate of 789.32 cases per 100,000 people and 48 active cases with a rate of 99.97 active cases per 100,000 people.

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