March 1, 2024

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Variant Omicron | Montreal Public Health Screening Call

Variant Omicron |  Montreal Public Health Screening Call

Montreal Public Health is calling on people who visited two locations “associated with cases related to the Omicron variant” in early December to be tested as soon as possible. As of Thursday, 14 cases of this new variant had been found in the metropolis.

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“As we said last week, we have a very repressive approach with Omicron. We take it very seriously to limit transmission as much as we can. That fact must be taken into account. ”

Thus, all the people who attended the BuzzFit Kirkland Gym in Ru Jean-Yves on the 1stIs They are invited to take the Kovid-19 test between December 4 and 6 pm, December 5 between 4 pm and 6 pm or December 6 between 4 pm and 6 pm.

The same goes for the Montreallers who attended the Henry-Lemieux Cultural and Community Center, Rue Edward, between 4pm and 2pm on December 4th.

In a press release issued on Friday, Public Health reminded these individuals, “If you have been vaccinated enough and have no symptoms, we recommend that you be tested for COVID-19 at one of two centers: at the Jewish General Hospital or at the CLSC Park-Extension.”

Currently, these are the only two centers where the laboratory can detect the Omicron variant in Montreal.

If it is not possible to go to one or the other of these centers, it is still possible to test at another screening facility, however, “you may be exposed to the omicron variant.”

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“Through this call we also request the concerned persons to register in advance for their appointment on the site for screening. To provide information about their potential exposure to the Quebec ca / ​​coronavirus and omicron variant “, also directs Public Health on this matter.

According to the latest data, there are currently 14 Omicron variant cases in the Montreal area. Of these, five “may have earned it while traveling outside of Canada.” Others have narrowed it down to Canada, saying “this refers to limited local coverage”.

Currently, more data is needed to determine its transmissibility, virality or vaccine resistance in this variant. However, “the first data indicate that it is 2 to 3.5 times more likely to spread than the Delta variant and that there is a risk of re-infection”, finally reminded the authorities.

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