Not four times as many outbreaks

Not four times as many closions

and Marie Christine Trottier MISE & Agrave; DAY

Uncovering fake news, verifying statements by politicians, finding the real numbers: our Bureau of Investigation, based in Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa, specializes in the art of setting the record straight. Every Saturday, our journalists and researchers present their findings to you so that you can see more clearly the news of the week.


On Wednesday, PQ member Véronique Hivon said on Twitter that Quebec has “had four times more outbreaks in its schools than Ontario”, suggesting that the lack of air purifiers in Quebec schools is the cause. responsible.

THE FACTS & nbsp; & nbsp;

Not four times as many closions

Comparing the data of two governments has its limits, but everything indicates that Ms. Hivon should have qualified her remarks. From August 2020 to today, Quebec has struggled with 5,357 preschool, elementary and secondary outbreaks, according to the INSPQ, compared to Ontario's 2,860, according to its health ministry. There were therefore 1.9 times more outbreaks in Quebec than in Ontario, and not four times. If we take into account the population – which Ms. Hivon does not specify in her tweet – Quebec has had 3.2 times more outbreaks in schools than its neighbor, still far from the quadruple advanced by the member for Joliette . Asked to comment, the Parti Québécois made it clear that its MP was referring only to “the last days”, in addition to offering an explanation based on cases rather than outbreaks.

–Pascal Dugas Bourdon

The number of the week: 7 & nbsp;

C ' is the number of CISSS and CIUSSS that are currently on alert levels 4 or 3+, due to the high number of hospitalizations for COVID-19. This means they have to offload between 50% and 80% of their elective surgeries and appointments. However, they keep urgent procedures, such as oncological surgeries. All establishments are at least level 3.

Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Lucie Opatrny said Thursday more establishments will be upgraded to level 4 in the coming days. Despite this, “a level of load shedding 4 will not be enough to obtain the hospital capacity that we will need to treat all the patients that we will have in the following weeks. “& Nbsp;

–Marie Christine Trottier

Share Button