The situation is deteriorating as the number of patients admitted with COVID-19 in hospitals in the Quebec area reaches the peaks of the Fifth Wave and emergency rooms are also increasingly being used.
After calming down, hospital admissions for three weeks in the Capital-National have been steadily increasing. As of Tuesday, 246 people were bedridden with Kovid-19, close to the record of 266 hospital admissions on January 24.
However, the number of people in intensive care is almost half as high, a sign that the challenges of this new wave are different.
The Chaudhry-Appalachian region experienced the highest number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 during the epidemic on Monday, at 130. Of those, only one person was in intensive care.
Although some of these patients receive care for a problem other than the coronavirus, “care and medical teams are under a lot of pressure as a significant number of patients request the application and management of specific measures,” said Mirel Goudrow, spokeswoman. CISSS of Chaudhry-Appalachians.
The workload is high, especially since a significant number of workers are single, she adds.
At the same time, the efficiency of emergencies in many establishments exceeded, for example, 116% at the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus and 138% at the Hotel-Diu de Lewis.
No more shedding
However, according to Michelle Schaffner-Junius, public affairs adviser at CHU de Quebec, so far there has been “very little extra load shedding”. “To prevent that, we are modulating our day-to-day operations. Our activity levels are similar to those we communicated last March,” she said.
In CIUSSS de la Capitale-National, dR Jacques Girard, medical assistant to the regional director of public health, speaks of a situation that is not currently a concern, especially as 66% of residents in the area have received a booster dose of the vaccine or made an appointment. If you receive it, the regional average is more than 62%.
But for the meetings of the long Easter holiday need to execute judgment, he invites. “Be careful, if you are slightly ill, you can try to postpone your family reunion.”