The increase in COVID-19 cases reported daily over the past week is being felt in the hospital network throughout Quebec, but it is the areas outside Montreal that are more at risk.
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According to the weekly report of the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS), nearly 60% of beds dedicated to COVID-19 outside Greater Montreal are currently occupied and the new hospitalizations planned are at risk. to be high.
INESSS considers that “planned limits cannot be exceeded”. Furthermore, these projections may be slightly underestimated since outbreaks in healthcare settings are not included in the analyzes.
However, “fluctuations in the rate of transmission in different regions of Zone 2 [hors Montréal] persist and generate a certain degree of uncertainty in our projections, ”explains the organization.
For Montreal, projected hospitalizations remain high, and the occupancy of beds designated for COVID should continue to increase during the month, but remaining within planned limits, adds INESSS.
In Montreal, 1,000 beds for COVID patients are planned, the Montreal public health department informed Thursday at a press briefing.
Beyond the availability of beds, other factors such as the availability of staff and equipment put pressure on the health system.
In reaction to the INESSS report, the Minister of Health Christian Dubé indicated that the decision to reduce contacts as the holidays approach was the right one.
“Due to the sustained increase in the number of cases over the past week and the increased risk of hospital overflow that this entails, we have made the right decisions about reducing contacts for the holiday season. We know that the next few weeks will be crucial to get through this pandemic, so we must especially not relax our collective efforts, even if vaccination is imminent. We must stay the course for several more weeks, as long as a critical mass of people are not immune. But we see the finish line, ”the minister said in a press release.
In addition, the number of new cases of COVID that may require hospitalization is up from the previous week.
“During the week of November 30 to December 6, 2020, 538 people are at high risk of hospitalization, which is an increase of 18% from the previous week (456) and 26% from the average the last 4 weeks (427). “
In addition, the number of cases is increasing in all age groups, and more particularly among those under 18 (32%). The increase is smaller for people over 80.
The number of new cases of COVID is up (21%) compared to the previous week (11,259 versus 9,297), proportionally more markedly in Montreal and in the neighboring territories.