If the pressure is still strong on the hospitals of Estrie, several elements could suggest that the worst of the fifth wave of COVID-19 may have passed.
The director of human resources, communications and legal affairs at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Yann Belzile, confirmed Monday in a press briefing that the network currently has 477 health network employees. absent due to COVID-19, compared to 1,300 at the start of January“
By being very careful, we think we have good news, explained Mr. Belzile. For at least a week, when we look at the absence figures due to COVID, we have had a lot more returns of employees who have been affected by COVID than departures in absence of employees affected by COVID. /p>
Another encouraging sign is that the number of hospitalizations is down. While there were 172 patients hospitalized in the four hospitals provided for this purpose last Friday, there are now 154. Of the number, 20 are in intensive care, six fewer than 3 days ago.< /p>
The peak of the fifth wave in Estrie could therefore be over.
“Where are we exactly”, this is the question still being asked by the Director of Public Health in Estrie, Dr. Alain Poirier . “We always have projections from the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS) on hospitalizations and there, we hope, according to certain regions, that we have reached the ceiling. How long will we be there? There, I am a little more careful, ”he commented.
“We are preparing to live with COVID-19” While waiting for the pandemic to end, the President and CEO of the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS, Dr. Stéphane Tremblay, confirmed that from now on, patients with COVID -19 could be hospitalized in units not dedicated to this disease, for example in the general medicine unit or the surgery unit.
“Yes, we have created hot zones for people whose condition is really affected by COVID-19, but for people who come for other services and who have COVID-19, we do not transfer them to a hot unit. We leave them in their environment and we create a warm environment around them,” explained Dr. Tremblay.
For the CEO of the CIUSSS, it is in a way a way of learning to live. with Covid-19. “We are in the process of putting in place the practices to be as skilful and agile as we can be with influenza, with gastroenteritis or other infectious problems and we want to put in place the same practices for COVID-19 in the future.”