Worried about the sharp increase in hospitalization forecasts, Dr Horacio Arruda spoke on Friday of the possibility of “temporary containment” if it continues.
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Speaking at a webinar organized by the Federation of Specialist Physicians of Quebec, the national director of public health spoke of different scenarios considered if the authorities were to lose control of tracing cases.
“Potentially, depending on where the transmission itself comes from, there could be a temporary containment or ‘lockdown’ for a period of time. But we don’t want to get to that, that’s why we try to maintain, but to follow, “he explained.
The offloading of surgeries and the establishment of “COVID hospitals” reserved for infected patients were also mentioned.
The number of people infected with COVID-19 and at risk of being hospitalized is rising sharply in Quebec, the Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS) reported on Friday, publishing its weekly projections.
The number of people who caught COVID-19 jumped from 6,911 last week to 8,537 this week. Proportionally, this increase is greater in people aged 80 and over (65%) as well as in those who already have several health problems (40%), notes INESSS.
This means that during the week of November 2-8, 453 cases are at high risk of hospitalization, which is 40% more than the average for the past four weeks (325).
“Right now, I have great concerns to see these numbers,” said Dr Horacio Arruda on Friday.
The situation in hospitals is expected to remain under control for the next four weeks, says INESSS, but some regions have significant backlogs in laboratory results, said Dr Arruda.
This is particularly the case of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean where the number of cases has been rising sharply recently, which could result in a possible increase in the number of people at risk of being hospitalized, has t he warned.
Polls he has in hand also show a “relaxation” on the part of the population with regard to health measures.