The holiday break ends under high pressure with an unprecedented number of hospitalizations since the start of the second wave, as Quebec smashes its record of new cases of COVID-19.
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“Our intensive care is under siege,” says Dr.r Peter Goldberg, director of the unit of the same name at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC).
His team is currently treating 23 patients positive for the virus, while only 21 beds have been released to accommodate patients with COVID.
In Quebec, 150 more patients had to be hospitalized during the day on Saturday, for a total of 1,225 people.
This is without counting the 13 new patients in intensive care which increase the total to 179, unheard of since June.
Meanwhile, Quebec has identified 7,663 new cases since December 31, including the sad record of 2,869 cases on Sunday, in addition to 121 deaths.
“We really stretched the elastic. We come at a time when difficult decisions will have to be made, ”says Fatima Tokhmafshan, geneticist and bioethicist at the Research Institute of the MUHC.
The party is over
Worrisome sign, some who got around the rules at Christmas are already under the mechanical ventilator.
“Of my nine patients, I only have two who are not here because of a cheating holiday this holiday season,” notes Dr.r François Marquis, head of the intensive care unit at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital.
The Dr Peter Goldberg, for his part, expects the “New Year’s Patient Group” to arrive at his unit in the coming weeks.
A bit much
In addition, Le Journal has observed disparities in the distribution of COVID patients within Montreal hospitals since the end of December.
Thus, data from the Ministry of Health shows that the Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) has 125 hospital beds “designated COVID”, but that only 30% of them were occupied on the 28th. December.
Conversely, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Verdun Hospital and Lakeshore General Hospital posted occupancy rates above 75% on the same date.
“Everyone must contribute equitably and that there are no hospitals penalized. Everyone has to get their hands dirty, ”insists Karl Weiss, microbiologist and specialist in infectious diseases at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
Since some boroughs in the metropolis are more affected by the virus, the hospitals there are receiving more patients. Their transfer to another establishment is however complicated by their fragile medical condition.
COVID designated beds
- Intensive care : 25
- Hospitalizations: 125
- Intensive care : 21
- Hospitalizations: 120
- Intensive care : 18
- Hospitalizations: 90
Santa Cabrini Hospital
- Intensive care : 0
- Hospitalizations: 39
Total on the Island of Montreal
- Intensive care: 138
- Hospitalizations: 845
- Cases in the world: 84 898 547
- Deaths around the world: 1,840,268
- Case in Canada: 601,319
- Case in Quebec: 210,304
- Compared to December 31: + 7663 cases in Quebec