A virulent fifth wave in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec

A virulent fifth wave in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec


The fifth wave of COVID-19 has been particularly virulent in Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, with the region hit harder than elsewhere in the province, although the spike in hospitalizations appears to be easing . 

Since December 5, when the Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) began recording data for the fifth wave, 150 people have succumbed to the virus.

Only Montreal and Montérégie have done worse than Mauricie Centre-du-Québec.

According to the Director of Regional Public Health, Dr. Marie-Josée Godi, the higher average age in Mauricie, third after Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent, is one of the reasons.

“These are vulnerable people who, despite the two doses, remain with an immunity that is not 100% effective against Omicron,” she explained.

Almost 89% of victims who died since early December were over 70 years old, and 26% of them had not received at least two doses. For comparison, the region recorded 203 deaths between March and May 2020, during the first wave.

The Omicron variant is also sweeping through CIUSSS care settings, where some thirty establishments or wings are emerging. At Christ-Roi de Nicolet, 19 of the 32 residents on the fifth floor would have contracted COVID-19, which is equivalent to 59%. Two seniors also died.

Dr. Godi, however, assured that the situation is under control in long-term care accommodation centers (CHSLDs).

“We maintains control, but you should know that even the booster dose is not enough for some people because of their weak immune system,” she pointed out.

Residences for people (RPA) are not spared when the virus has entered around sixty residences.

But the reality is different with the vaccine and the rules of isolation must be reviewed, believes the door -spokesperson for the Seniors' Residences Table, Richard Maziade

“As soon as we have two cases in the residence, we have to isolate everyone in their rooms. That's what we don't want! We must maintain the quality of life of our residents,” he said.

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