COVID-19

Updated on March 31 at 15:15 p.m.

Latest news

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 31 - The CISSS de l'Outaouais announces that the count of confirmed cases in the area now stands at 50 cases. Details.

Press release from the warden of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

March 31 - Ithus ask residents of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais
(MRC) to stay at home and respect social distancing measures in the face of the COVID-19 emergency. Details.

Update on COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

March 30 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 38 cases of COVID-19. Some of these cases are in the rural area. Details.

Update on COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

March 27 - Two Hull hospital employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 25 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 13 cases of COVID-19. Details.

Closure of modules and playgrounds

March 24 - The Municipality of Chelsea announces the closure of modules and playgrounds located in all parks on the Chelsea territory. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 24 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 12 cases of COVID-19 in the urban areas of the region. For each case, the Public health department is conducting rigorous investigations in order to establish every contact they’ve had. Details.

Access to Gatineau Park Temporarily Closed

March 23 - In light of updated Province of Quebec public health advisories, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is temporarily closing Gatineau Park at 9 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020. Details.

Le point sur le COVID-19 en Outaouais

March 22 - (French only) Le CISSS de l’Outaouais confirme aujourd’hui 8 cas de la Covid-19 dans la région en secteur urbain. La direction de la Santé publique amorce, pour chacun des cas, des enquêtes rigoureuses afin d’établir les contacts de chacune de ces personnes. Détails.

Low-risk contact with a COVID-19 case at the Meredith Centre Arena

March 21 - The Public Health Department confirms that all of those who attended the Meredith Centre at the dates indicated are at low risk of having contracted the virus. Details.

Update from the CISSS

March 20 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais informs the population that a person from the Gatineau area has been screened in Ontario with a positive result. Details.

Postponement or cancellation of public consultations

March 20 - The ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation, Andrée Laforest, is asking all municipalities to cancel or postpone all forms of consultation. Details.

First case in the Outaouais

March 18 - The CISSS of the Outaouais informs the population of a first case of Covid-19 in the region. The infected person has travelled. The person came to one of the facilities and took all the necessary precautions. Read more. 

Closure of the administrative services of the Public Security Service

17 mars - As of now, the Public Security Service is closing, for an indefinite period, its administrative services offered to citizens showing up in person. Read more.

Closing of municipal buildings until further notice

March 16: the Municipality of Chelsea informs its residents that all municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice. It includes the town hall, the public library, the community centres and the Meredith Centre. Details.

Update from the CISSO on the situation in the Outaouais

March 15: No cases have been reported yet in the Outaouais.
Read the press release

Quebec limits the capacity of public places

March 15: In its most recent press conference, the Government of Quebec limits the capacity of public places.  The Municipality will provide an update on its offices, library and community centres tomorrow.

Health emergency

March 14: The Government of Quebec declares a health emergency for a period of 10 days. More information (French only).

Closure of municipal offices

March 13: As a precautionary measure, the Municipality of Chelsea is closing municipal offices and the library until further notice. All non-essential activities are cancelled for the moment. The situation will be re-evaluated on Monday, March 16. Read the press release.

School closure

March 13: Quebec announces the closure of schools, CEGEPs and universities for two weeks. Know more.

  • Town Hall
  • Municipal Library
  • Community Centres 
  • Meredith Centre
  • Modules and playgrounds
  • Sports fields

 

These buildings are closed until further notice, in accordance with the directives issued by the Government of Quebec. 

  • Fire and Police Department
  • Residual material collection
  • Snow removal operations
  • Urgent road works
  • Activities at Wastewater Treatment and Drinking Water Filtration Plants

Des Collines SENIORS'S Roundtable

 

The mission of Des Collines Seniors' roundtable is to support and/or develop initiatives that meet the needs and interests of seniors in the MRC des Collines in their daily lives. 

The current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is a particular and unusual reality. It can affect seniors both physically and psychologically. Indeed, in such a context, many people will experience stress, anxiety and depression.

They are calling for the mobilization of EVERYBODY to make known their telephone number to reach as many seniors in vulnerable situations as possible. 

1855-662-4637 ext. 244

itmavdescollines@gmail.com

The Quebec government calls for the mobilization of volunteers to maintain community services that are fundamental to vulnerable people, including food banks. 

A single window for Quebec has been created to centralize requests for assistance and applicants interested in helping.

jebenevole.ca

 

To volunteer in the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outouais

The Table de développement social de l'Outaouais, along with representatives of the CISSS-O and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, created a work cell to update needs and priorities, liaise with municipalities and organizations, and deploy and coordinate actions to support organizations with needs. 
 
If you would like to get involved, please contact 1 877 775-3223 ext. 223 or benevolat.collines@gmail.com.

 

Several resources exist in the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais if you need help. 

Do not hesitate to ask for help in these uncertain times. Someone knowledgeable and trained will be able to address your needs and concerns at the end of the line.

Provincial ressources

 

If you have questions about your health :

  • COVID-19 : 819-644-4545
  • Info-Santé and Info-social : 811

 

If you need help with food: 

  • Grenier des Collines : 819-457-1010

 

If you are a senior in need of support

  • Table autonome des aînés des Collines: 1-855-662-4637

 

If you need the help of a volunteer : 

  • Table de développement social des Collines-de-l'Outaouais : 1-877-770-2435 poste 223 or benevolat.collines@gmail.com 
  • Provincial website : jebenevole.ca

 

If you need psychological support : 

  • Tel-aide : 819-775-3223
  • Tel-jeunes: 1-800-263-2266
  • Distress Center: 613-238-3311

 

If you are a victim of domestic violence:

  • SOS violence conjugale : 1 800 363-9010
  • Maison Libère-Elles : 819 827-4044

 

A screening clinic and a preclinical evaluation are open in Gatineau. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is invited to call 819 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment.

We invite all residents to keep abreast of the situation by keeping themselves informed through the various official sources, including:

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Following the announcements issued by the Government of Québec concerning COVID-19, the Municipality wishes to inform you that we are closely monitoring the situation. The ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) has prepared a guide to support the municipal community and the Municipality has an Emergency Measures Plan that includes strategies in case of pandemics.

The MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais and its municipalities are currently working together to ensure open communication and take necessary measures.

For now, we would like to remind you that these measures are being taken to slow down the spread of the virus and maintain the capacity of the health system.

 

Frequently asked questions
 

The Municipality has closed public access to all its municipal buildings. However, municipal employees continue to work either by telework or at Town Hall.

The essential services maintained are:

  • Fire and police department
  • Collection of residual materials
  • Snow removal operations
  • Urgent road works
  • Activities at wastewater treatment plants and drinking water filtration plants

 

 

The Union des municipalités du Québec recently issued new directives authorizing municipal councils to sit in closed session on an exceptional basis. Read more. 

Details of the next Council meeting will be announced shortly. The Municipality is currently evaluating different possibilities.

Yes. Council will take action on tax payment arrangements to assist residents during this exceptional time.

The form this measure will take is not yet finalized, but a decision will be made shortly. More details to come.

The ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation, Andrée Laforest, is asking all municipalities to cancel or postpone all forms of consultation that they must hold and that require the presence of citizens, such as public consultation meetings, referendums or record keeping.

 

Municipal committee meetings are therefore cancelled to, once again, limit the risk of spreading the virus. 

 

Garbage, recycling and compost collections are maintained according to the usual schedules for each sector.

The directive to limit outings also applies to residual materials: citizens must keep their returnable containers at home and postpone travel to ecocentres and other drop-off points.

In order to protect the workers who continue to provide the waste collection service, we ask all residents to respect the following instructions:

  • Soiled tissues, masks, wipes and gloves must be placed in closed bags and then in the garbage bin.
  • The handles of all bins must be disinfected before and after collections.

The workers in charge of collecting residual materials take the necessary measures to ensure their safety and to maintain this essential service. However, we ask for everyone's cooperation.

These guidelines may evolve and be updated in the coming days.

Public Works remains open to take requests. You can contact them by phone at 819-827-1160 or by e-mail at travauxpublics@chelsea.ca.

 

It will not be possible to apply for a new permit. Existing applications will follow the normal process. Property owners will be notified by email when their permit is released.

New applications will not be accepted. However, existing applications will follow the normal process. The owners concerned will receive an email when the permit is released to let them know what will happen next.

Yes, the Municipality of Chelsea's drinking water maintains exemplary water quality by complying with the requirements of the provincial standards of the Drinking Water Quality Regulation. Our expert operating firm ensures daily operations at the plants and in the system while performing the necessary microbiological analyses to ensure water quality compliance at all times.

 

No. The water sample collection service is cancelled until further notice.  

You can make your tax account payment online at your banking institution. You must select the Chelsea taxes supplier and add your registration number.

The other way is to make the payment by sending a cheque to the Municipality of Chelsea by mail or by depositing it in the mailbox at the visitors' entrance of Town Hall.  

You will be able to keep the documents you borrowed until the library reopens. You will not be charge late fees. If you wish, you may use the book chute near the visitors' entrance to return books. The interlibrary loan service is suspended until further notice.  

For the moment, the activities are cancelled. A decision will be taken shortly regarding possible postponements.

The parks are always accessible, however, the modules and playgrounds are preventively closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the soccer fields, basketball and baseball fields and the skatepark are closed. Access to the community toy play chests and neighborhood book exchange boxes is also prohibited.

The Municipality applies the government-issued rule regarding public service employees. Municipal employees returning from a trip outside the country will be in confinement and will telework for a period of 14 days.

The Municipality is monitoring the situation from hour to hour in order to be able to react to the progress of COVID-19. For the moment, the municipal offices and the library are closed to the public. Municipal employees are required to telework. In addition, the municipal maintenance department is disinfecting areas that are susceptible to contagion.

A screening clinic and a preclinical evaluation clinic are now in operation in Gatineau. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is invited to call 819 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment.

We invite residents to consult the self-care guide put online by the Government of Quebec. This guide is intended to help each person make the best decisions for themselves and their families.

Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is invited to call 819 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment.

Stay tuned for updates by checking this page regularly. You can also subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the home page and follow us on Facebook.

In addition, we invite residents to keep informed of the measures issued by both levels of government by consulting their official websites.   

We invite you to visit the Transcollines website to be informed of any changes.

 

General preventive measures
 

  • Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Reduce your exposure to crowded places
  • Stay at home if you are sick