The citizens of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec are less and less testing for the COVID-19. For nearly a month, the clinics of the region, conduct an average of 365 tests per day, while the capacity is 1000 samples.
VAT News has obtained the figures of the clinical tests on the territory of the integrated Center for academic health and social services (CIUSSS) of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec since the beginning of march to the 18th of June. The week of may 24th to may 30th is the one where the greatest number of tests were conducted, 4124. In the following weeks, 2475, 1313 and 1596 tests were performed.
“It is important to remember that if you have symptoms, you need to pass a test. The less we test, the more quickly you can find yourself with a new outbreak without knowing its origin”, stressed the director of public health at the CIUSSS of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, Dr. Marie-Josée Godi.
For the moment, the four mobile clinics in the region to continue their activities, but the health authorities analyze the situation. Due to the decrease of the goodwill, their number and the schedules could be changed.
“In any case, we don’t stop this service, as it ensures a link with the community. It allows us to transmit information and bring us closer to the clients more vulnerable,” explains Dr. Godi.
In the region of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, more than 41 490 tests have been carried out since the beginning of the pandemic. It represents 8% of the population.