Quebec City bar linked to at least 40 coronavirus cases, health authorities warn

Forty cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have been connected with a bar in Quebec City.

The situation at Le Kirouac Bar is “worrying with 40 cumulative positive cases,” said CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, the regional public health authority for the area. Authorities have also linked cases stemming from Le Kirouac to three outbreaks at Quebec City schools.

Over the weekend, public health had recommended that all those who visited the bar — where authorities say people sang karaoke — the previous week get tested.

Le Kirouac bar issued a statement Monday on Facebook, saying it had decided to close the establishment until Sept. 9 “following the unfortunate events” over the weekend.

Public health officials are asking anyone who went to bars since Aug. 24 in the Quebec City area to get tested if they have symptoms or if they believe they didn’t respect social distancing measures while at the establishments.

Authorities are also asking that everyone who frequented bars in the Saint-Sauveur region — where most of the people who tested positive after attending Le Kirouac reside — since Aug. 24 to go get tested.

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“Our ongoing investigations also show us that there is transmission of the virus in the community,” said Dr. Jacques Girard, interim public health director at the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale.

“I appeal to citizens’ sense of responsibility to respect the health measures in place, and this, particularly when there are gatherings where alcohol is present.”

The public health authority for the Quebec City area on Tuesday reported 31 new positive cases in the region and no new deaths.

This brings the total to 2,093 cases and 197 deaths linked to the virus in the area. There have been 1,772 recoveries.

–with files from the Canadian Press

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