The coming weekend could well be the worst in terms of hospitalizations for patients with COVID-19 in Quebec. At least that's what Prime Minister François Legault warned at a press briefing on Thursday.
In Estrie, this trend is already being observed since the number of patients hospitalized due to of the virus has been so high. A total of 172 people are hospitalized in one of the four establishments provided for this purpose in Estrie. Of this number, 26 are in intensive care.
This number of patients represents almost 10 times what the region recorded just six weeks ago. If it turns out, this peak in hospitalizations could, however, portend better days for hospital staff, who have not had much respite since the start of the pandemic.
“I cannot not to say that it is extremely tangible for us currently, but it gives a little hope, ”admitted to TVA Nouvelles the head of the department of general medicine at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Benoit Heppell, Friday.
“With what we are currently going through, that is to say all these beds dedicated to COVID, the load shedding, I would say that we hold our noses and we go through a big cloud of smoke and we can not wait for it's over. But if we are told that the cloud is over and that we will be able to breathe better, it is encouraging, even if we do not quite see it concretely on the ground.
The CIUSSS de l 'Estrie-CHUS has announced that the obstetrics unit of the Hôpital du Granit, in Lac-Mégantic, can finally resume all of its activities after being closed for weeks after staff were infected with the COVID-19. Since 8 a.m. on Friday morning, all activities have been able to resume.