COVID-19: significant increase in hospitalizations in Eastern Quebec

The epidemiological situation continues to deteriorate in Eastern Quebec.

In Bas-Saint-Laurent, the integrated health and social services center (CISSS) has increased the number of beds available for patients affected by COVID-19, after the region broke its hospitalization record: 33 patients were bedridden on Monday. Two end up in intensive care.

48 beds are therefore available. 20 are found in Rimouski, 20 in Rivière-du-Loup, and the rest are separated between peripheral hospitals, including La Pocatière, Amqui and Matane in particular.

The CISSS affirms that the situation is currently under control. 65% of COVID beds are currently occupied. A position also shared by the president of the union of nursing and cardiorespiratory care professionals of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Alexandre Pelletier.

“The members are already in a big fight. We see rather the slowdown of Omicron,” he said in an interview Monday afternoon at VAT News.

North Coast

The situation is increasingly critical on the North Shore with 34 hospitalizations. Public Health is closely monitoring outbreaks in healthcare settings. A new outbreak has also been declared at the Le Royer hospital in Baie-Comeau.

The Northeastern Quebec Nurses Union is particularly concerned about the absenteeism rate of health care workers, who themselves have contracted the coronavirus.

“Members take it one day at a time, thinking ‘we’re going to get through that day.’ We see colleagues falling in battle with COVID-19. Already on the North Shore, it was very precarious with the shortage of manpower, “commented the president, Nathalie Savard.

Outbreaks on the North Shore

CHSLD des Bergeronnes:

  • 30 workers, 26 residents

CHSLD N.-A.-Labrie (Baie-Comeau) :

  • 21 workers, 16 residents

Le Royer Hospital (Baie-Comeau) – Medicine-surgery:

  • 5 workers, less than 5 users

Le Royer Hospital (Baie-Comeau) – UCDG-URFI:

  • Less than 5 workers, 8 users

CHSLD of Sept-Îles (Residence Gustave-Gauvreau):

  • 9 workers, 0 resident

CHSLD of Sept-Îles (Residence Urgel-Pelletier):

  • 0 worker, less than 5 residents

Sept-Îles Hospital – Hospitalization:

  • Less than 5 workers, 7 users

Sept-Iles Hospital – UCDG-URFI:

  • Less than 5 workers, 10 users

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