Montreal public health targets Parc-Extension as neighbourhood sees spike in COVID-19 cases

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While Montreal continues to battle COVID-19 outbreaks, public health officials are zeroing in on the neighbourhood of Parc-Extension where 15 per cent of tests are coming back positive.Between Oct. 13 and 19, there were 74 new cases reported there, bringing the rate up to 261 infections per 100,000 residents
While Montreal continues to battle COVID-19 outbreaks, public health officials are zeroing in on the neighbourhood of Parc-Extension where 15 per cent of tests are coming back positive.

Between Oct. 13 and 19, there were 74 new cases reported there, bringing the rate up to 261 infections per 100,000 residents — the highest rate in the city.

Parc-Extension — also known as Park Ex — has a large immigrant population with big families crowded into small living spaces and, despite its name, few parks or green spaces.

"That's creating a situation where, you know, if there's a virus, it can spread more easily than in an area where people have more space in between each other," said Christine Touchette, a service director with the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.

Touchette says the neighbourhood has been on public health's radar since the first wave of the pandemic.

And so the health agency is working with different community groups and places of worship to educate people about the virus.

Officials will also be increasing testing, opening a temporary…
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