Quebec day camps were given the green light to reopen on June 22nd – and at least Monteregie day camps report COVID-19 cases. The five locations in the Monteregie region include the areas of Vercheres, Sainte-Catherine, Boucherville, Saint-Constant and Mont Saint-Hilaire. As of Wednesday July 22nd, the region’s Public Health authorities confirmed that three of the camps reported two or more cases, with the other two camps reporting one case each.
At a camp in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, two children were infected after having direct contact with someone outside of the camp, who had tested positive. The day camp was first notified on July 18th, the campers were sent home and their parents were notified. All parents of the children who attended the camp received a notice from Public Health with instructions on how to proceed.
On July 18th, an employee at a Saint-Constant day camp also tested positive with the virus. Public health officials advised coworkers – and the city said the probability of children being infected was low. Another employee who worked there was in contact with someone outside of the camp who tested positive, but they had already been self-isolating since July 10th.
At a Vercheres day camp, a counselor tested positive. According to public health authorities, they were not contagious when they worked at the camp. However, the city said there were three other counselors who had been in close contact with her family. They are being tested and the camp will remain closed until their results are known. At a day camp in Sainte-Catherine, five people who either worked there or had been at the camp, tested positive. Any other people who may have been in contact with them have been advised and are now self-isolating. A day camp in Boucherville sent out letters to the parents of the campers, advising them that an employee, who had been sent home after showing symptoms of the virus the week before, tested positive on Friday July 17th. The camp has asked parents to monitor their children for symptoms and to keep them home until July 31st.
All the camps appear to have been following the proper Covid-19 public health directives, including cleaning and disinfecting common areas several times per day. The Monteregie region has recorded the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in Quebec.