McGill’s guidelines and regulations comply with Quebec law, and failure to abide by them put you at risk of heavy government fines in addition to University discipline.
Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost
In his statement, Labeau attributed the rapid increase in cases, in large part, to "successful contact tracing" on campus.
On the week of January 20, Labeau publicly informed the McGill community that several students living at RVC had reported testing positive for COVID-19 or were reporting COVID-19 symptoms.
Labeau said that upon hearing of these initial reports, McGill began to actively trace the affected students' contacts, directing them to get tested and moving medium- to high-risk contacts into self-isolation.
The university has asked all RVC students to get tested for COVID-19, said Labeau, and it set up a mobile testing site in RVC for students and staff over the weekend.
RVC is also delivering all meals to residents' rooms to decrease social interaction.
All McGill students who live in residence and who have reported testing positive for COVID-19 have been immediately moved into self-isolation rooms, according to Labeau.
He added that all spaces they occupied have been cleaned and disinfected and additional security agents are ensuring students comply with self-isolation protocols.
Labeau said the sudden COVID-19 outbreak has not affected any staff members in McGill's residences, and all cases found in students are linked to private gatherings that broke Quebec's COVID-19 public health rules.
McGill has reportedly forced at least 15 students to leave their dorms for a week after being involved in private gatherings on-campus that led to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Whether we need to hop in our cars and get some groceries done, take a little drive to clear our heads, or get creative and organize a drive-by event for loved ones, it goes without saying that we've all found new ways to appreciate our vehicles in 2020.
No matter what you may have used your car for this year, or what you will use it for in 2021, one thing's for sure : you want a safe and reliable vehicle that also looks good. A car that checks all of those boxes and many more? The all-new Hyundai Elantra.
The all-new Elantra is an impressive modern car that makes a serious entrance with its angled lines and a bold front grille.
Its striking design isn't the only reason why this vehicle helps you drive with confidence. From a safety perspective, it's also got you covered.
Everything from blindspot collision avoidance-assist, which is essentially like an alarm that notifies you if there’s something in your blindspot you should be avoiding, to adaptive cruise control (which automatically takes care of the speed you’re cruising at, depending on other vehicles up ahead), the Elantra’s safety features are on point.
Some of the available Hyundai SmartSense™ safety features to help keep your mind at ease include:
Forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection and available cyclist and junction turning detection
Blindspot collision-avoidance assist
Adaptive cruise control
Safe Exit Warning
Rear-Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist - Reverse
With these features, you can drive with confidence.
The all-new Hyundai Elantra also has the leading-edge tech needed to help guide your drives, such as an available navigation system with a high-definition, full-colour 10.25-inch touch-screen display equipped to handle both Apple CarPlayTM and Android AudioTM (which, BTW, can act like your GPS no matter which trim you select!).
You'll also have access to an available interior ambient-lighting system allowing you to choose from 64 colours thanks to a customizable palette wheel, and other convenience features - like adjustable cup holders between the front seats, a heated steering wheel and climate control zones.
These are just part of Hyundai's innovative technology and convenience features that help you stay connected and provide the ultimate comfort.
Sitting behind the wheel of the all-new Elantra, you'll really understand the old saying that it's not about the destination, but it's about the journey. This stylish and fun-to-drive vehicle will definitely elevate your trips.
While enjoying the ride, you'll always be on top of what's happening with the Standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity that lets you access your favourite mobile apps such as Spotify and Waze.
The all-new Hyundai Elantra's intuitive and modern design combines with top-of-the-line technology to produce a new standard for sportiness in compact sedans. It's the look you want with the safety features you need.
Backed by one of the market's best warranties (which includes a 5-year/100,000 KM Comprehensive Limited Warranty and Powertrain Limited Warranty, and 5-year/Unlimited KM Anti-Corrosion/Perforation Warranty and Roadside Assistance), the 2021 Elantra starts at $17,899.
According to SHERPA, first-generation immigrants, including asylum seekers and other migrants with undefined statuses in Quebec, are more likely to have lower incomes and live in cramped or overcrowded housing.
The Institute states that it's particularly difficult for families to practice social distancing or isolation to prevent transmission of the coronavirus when living in small spaces.
The high case count in underprivileged communities can also be attributed to the use of public transportation, as well as cramped or "hot" work environments without appropriate protective equipment, according to the study.
The Institute found that immigrants and women asylum seekers, mostly from Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa, are largely over-represented in positions in Quebec's health sector.
Marginalized health workers are at high risk of infection from COVID-19, particularly as patient attendants in long-term care centres for the elderly (CHSLDs) and hospitals.
The Institute says many members of "cultural communities" have contracted COVID-19 at work and, at times, have passed it on to family members or neighbours.
The study also showed that racialized workers, especially in non-unionized workplaces, worry about the consequences of refusing to work and the possibility of finding new work.
On March 31, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) issued a directive stipulating that screening and health care related to COVID-19 must be offered free of charge to anyone living in Quebec.
However, the directive was only issued in French. The health information lines (811 and the line designated for COVID-19) also only offer services in French and English.
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According to the study, it took almost two months from the start of quarantine before official multilingual fact sheets concerning COVID-19 health precautions were disseminated by the city's public health department.
The study also reported several cases where allophones (non French or English speakers) who called information lines failed to obtain advice or be referred for screening because of language barriers.
The study cited cases where people who believed they had symptoms were told, either on the Info-Santé line or in screening clinics, they needed a RAMQ card to access testing.
As a result, there have been cases where asylum seekers and people without medical insurance have been reluctant to get tested or have been denied access to testing.
Montreal public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin, urged young people to stop gathering with friends and residents of other households in a press conference on September 29. Drouin said that COVID-19 cases in young Montrealers are most closely related to sports and social gatherings at home and in public spaces like parks.
"Currently, fifty percent of transmission [happens through] contact with someone who lives at home or with friends," she said.
If you have symptoms, isolate yourself and start making a list of people you were in contact with two days before your symptoms occurred.
Dr. Mylène Drouin
Drouin said the city’s public health authority is having a hard time controlling the transmission of the virus due to the fact that young people continue to disrespect public health guidelines.
COVID-19 testing facilities in Montreal are "missing" tests for young people, Drouin said, because younger Montrealers aren’t participating in the testing process.
"Our rate of positives is very high in the 18-34 [age group], but they are not proportionally participating a lot in testing," she said.
"That means that we do not capture all the cases and that we are missing cases where we can make an intervention."
Drouin urged young people to get tested if they have recently been in an at-risk context or have recently been in contact with someone who is sick.
The public health authority is launching a new social media campaign that will specifically target people aged 18-34.
The campaign, named "Don’t ignore this call," is set to urge young people to pick up the phone when contact tracers call, so the public health authority can get a better idea of COVID-19 cases in young Montrealers.
Drouin said the campaign is expected to roll out over the next four weeks.