COVID-19 screening: Outaouais patients waiting since Thursday

Outaouais patients who tested for COVID-19 last Thursday were still waiting, Monday morning, to find out whether they had contracted the new coronavirus or not.
E n of Monday morning, there is still no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Outaouais. However, patients have been waiting for several days for the call to announce their results.

Three cases of people who took the test on Thursday and still haven’t gotten their results on Monday morning have been reported to the Law. Two of these patients took the test at Hull Hospital, the other at the Gatineau Hospital.

“We can say that there is no case in the Outaouais if nobody has a result,” reacted one of these people. “It becomes ridiculous,” said another person who has been waiting since Thursday.

Currently, all COVID-19 analyzes are performed at the Quebec Public Health Laboratory in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. This laboratory then sends the results to regional establishments, which are responsible for notifying patients, regardless of the result.

Less crowded emergencies

The appeal to the population of the Outaouais to avoid emergency room visits as much as possible because of the COVID-19 pandemic also seems to have been heard.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the emergency department of Hull Hospital was the only one in the Outaouais where the occupancy rate of stretchers exceeded 100%, Monday morning.

In a press briefing on Sunday to take stock of the development of the situation, the president and chief executive officer of the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center, Josée Filion, launched an “appeal to responsibility and benevolence of the whole population ”at this time when the pressure on emergencies is greatly increased.

“Everyone must be cautious and make reasonable choices,” insisted Josée Filion. Our emergencies are for people who need emergency care. In summary, what I’m implying is ‘be responsible in the choice of your recreational activities’. ”

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