Public Health Officials Have Updated The Outbreak Curve For Montreal

This is what it looks like.
Senior Editor
This Is What Montreal's Outbreak Curve Looks Like

On Thursday, Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin called Montreal the "epicentre" of the outbreak in Quebec. As of April 2, the territory (including the metropolis and on-island suburbs) had 2,642 of the province's total of 5,518 cases. The outbreak curve, which displays the number of cases over time, shows an increasingly steep climb since March 15, when the city had four confirmed infections.

Some areas are harder hit than others, though.

At the time of writing, five boroughs and one municipality count over 100 cases: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (253), Côte-Saint-Luc (147), LaSalle (119), Plateau-Mont-Royal (120), Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie (133), and Ville-Marie (114).

But Drouin has confirmed that transmission is taking place across the island.

To slow the spread of the virus, the city has been the focus of increasingly severe recommendations to restrict travel.

Quebec Premier François Legault has asked no one to leave or visit Montreal unless it's "very necessary."

On Thursday, Mayor Plante further said that residents should remain in their own neighbourhoods.

All of these efforts are aimed at "flattening the curve" to prevent a sudden influx of patients that could overwhelm the health care system.

This is what the curve looks like based on data from April 2.

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Note, however, that the data for April 1 is incomplete.

Here, also, is the number of cases per borough and municipality:

Ahuntsic–Cartierville    98  
Anjou    19  
Baie-D'Urfé    < 5  
Beaconsfield    10  
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce    253  
Côte-Saint-Luc    147  
Dollard-des-Ormeaux    28  
Dorval  16  
Hampstead    22  
Kirkland    8  
Lachine    32  
LaSalle    119  
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève    9  
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve    91  
Montréal-Est    < 5  
Montréal-Nord    50  
Montréal-Ouest    < 5  
Mont-Royal    31  
Outremont    88  
Pierrefonds–Roxboro  39  
Plateau-Mont-Royal  120  
Pointe-Claire    14  
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles    73  
Rosemont–La Petite Patrie    133  
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue    < 5  
Saint-Laurent    81  
Saint-Léonard    37  
Senneville    0  
Sud-Ouest    83  
Verdun    77  
Ville-Marie  114  
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension    88  
Westmount    33  
Cases with location to be confirmed715  
Total in Montreal  2,642

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As for when residents can expect the curve to peak, Premier Legault said Wednesday that public health officials will release their projections in the coming days.

Despite the seemingly rapid increase in the number of cases in the province, he assured residents Thursday that the province is prepared for the situation, with enough supplies to last a week and more incoming and 6,000 available beds for patients.

Both provincial and municipal authorities, meanwhile, have said there are no plans to confine Montreal or establish the kind of police checkpoints seen in other Quebec regions to prevent non-essential travel.

Stay tuned for more news.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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