The first case of Omicron detected in Montreal, confirms local public health

The first case of Omicron detected in Montreal, confirms the health of Montreal; ; local public

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The Direction régionale de santé publique (DRSP) of Montreal confirmed on Wednesday that the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Quebec is indeed in the metropolis.

The regional director of public health in Montreal, Dr. Mylène Drouin, explained that the case is linked to a traveler, adding, however, that the protocols in place should prevent its spread. “He's an asymptomatic and doubly vaccinated person. There is a very strict isolation that is in place, ”said Dr. Drouin.

On Monday, the Minister of Health Christian Dubé had admitted that a first case of the variant had been detected in the province.

The Montreal DRSP acknowledged being concerned about the new variant and it is therefore adapting its protocols monitoring of the disease.

“At this stage, very little information is available on the epidemiological characteristics of the Omicron variant, its transmissibility and the extent to which it will create severe forms of the disease. . In a context like that, the angle to adopt is caution, “explained Dr. Mylène Drouin.

The DRSP will apply a “differentiated approach” depending on the variant, and all the protocols put in place in the spring will be reactivated.

“With suspected cases of Omicron, we will be in a very“ suppressive ”approach . Contacts, even doubly vaccinated, will be isolated. We will have a very close follow-up to avoid there being additional cases and community transmission “, she popularized.

Dr. Drouin explains that the best strategy for now is to reduce the importation of cases as much as possible, and in this regard she welcomes the initiative of the federal government, which has tightened its borders and imposed new rules on foreigners in order to limit the entry of the variant into the country.

“We must clearly be concerned about the vaccination rates of all the countries of the world, since they are variant incubators and we will get by anyway. the world will be okay, ”she added

Be careful with the holidays

In addition, Dr. Drouin was cautious about the words of Prime Minister François Legault, who told a press briefing that he hoped that Christmas dinners could be held with up to 25 guests this year./p>

“The recommendation will not come from me,” exclaimed Dr. Drouin, adding that we have to see how the situation evolves.

“Currently there is an increase in cases, but very little impact on hospitalizations. If we continued on this line, maybe we could have made up an interesting holiday season for everyone, but there is the uncertainty of the Omicron variant, ”she added.

< p> She explains that it will be necessary to monitor the impact of the variant on hospitalization rates over the next two weeks, and that if there are gatherings, people should be vaccinated.

< p> Significant gaps in the vaccination of 5-11 year olds

After one week of vaccination among young people 5 to 11 years old, nearly 20,000 children were vaccinated, which corresponds to 14% of the eligible population. Almost a third of this population has also made an appointment to receive the vaccine.

“There will be approaches in schools targeted primarily in red light districts, places where there is little no more barriers, ”said Dr. Drouin. She adds that her message to parents is, if it is possible for them, to go to the vaccination centers as soon as possible.

However, significant differences remain. In Outremont and Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, for example, the vaccination rates for this age category are respectively 17.3% and 15.6%, while in the northeast of the city, the rates fall to 3.2% and 3.5% for Montreal-Nord and Saint-Léonard.

“If we took the vaccination card when we were with the adults, the first week of vaccination, c 'were the same territories', recalled in this regard Dr. Drouin, who is nevertheless optimistic that the vaccination campaign in schools could make it possible to change the situation.

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