Screening COVID-19: The CIUSSS wants to increase the number

Dépistage COVID-19: Le CIUSSS veut augmenter les effectifs

A significant rise in the volume of screening for the COVID-19 occurred in the final days encourages the CIUSSS of the National Capital to recruit a sixty health professionals to come lend a hand to the teams in place.

The traffic has picked up significantly screening centre Place Fleur de Lys. While there were approximately 200 tests performed daily at the trough of the wave, they have doubled, even tripled, in the last days.

According to Serge Garneau, deputy director general health services at the CIUSSS of the National Capital, about 600 tests which are performed on a daily basis since the middle of last week, only in the centre, Place Fleur de Lys. With the mobile teams – there are four currently – what are 750 tests which are performed each day.

The organization therefore wants to make fast and, if possible, put in the work, as soon as this Sunday, the new recruits, since it is estimated that the volume will increase further in the coming days.

“It is secondary to the ad potential of a second wave. As we want to act rather than react, we want to really be prepared to perform all of the levies that we are required to do the CIUSSS,” said Mr. Garneau.

He explained that screening is the best way to counter the second wave.

“Even if the contamination of community is rare or not, there are isolated cases. Them, they are isolated from 14 days in the house and they will not be vectors of contamination”, said Mr. Garneau.

A dozen employees, is at work at Place Fleur de Lys. The CIUSSS wishes to have 28 as soon as possible. The other recruits will be assigned to the mobile teams.

There are currently four mobile teams and the CIUSSS wants to add seven.

The types of employees as preferred recruitment are physiotherapists, dental hygienists, dentists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, laboratory technologists, audiologists, nurses, or practical nurses who would have retired recently or who would occupy currently not a full-time job, says the deputy director.

The professionals who were emerging in the spring, thanks to various government initiatives, such as the platform “jecontribue”, are no longer available, as they have returned to work for the most part.

The volunteers who come to lend a hand will have the training, protective equipment, and shall be entitled to a premium of 8% linked to the context of the COVID-19. They can submit their application to the jecontribuecovid19.govt.qc.ca or recrutementdepistage.ca.

For the time being, the analytical capacity is of 1900 tests per day. The CHU de Québec will soon receive an analysis device that will process the results of 3000 tests per day, if the need arises.

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