As expected, Quebec reached a sad high on Thursday with 436 new COVID-19 infections. The South Shore is not left out with 179 cases.
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New cases are exploding in the greater Quebec City region. In fact, the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches account for nearly 40% of the province’s cases on Thursday, while the two regions only represent about 13% of the population.
After a week above the 200 case mark with a peak at 305 last Friday, the Capitale-Nationale region has 436 new cases on Thursday.
The increase was announced by sources who told the Journal that the region would break the 400 case mark. In reaction to this information, Prime Minister François Legault has also announced the holding of a press briefing at 5 p.m. Thursday evening to take stock of the situation in Quebec.
The region is also adding three deaths to its death toll, which now stands at 1,027 since the start of the pandemic.
There is also an increase in hospitalizations in the Capitale-Nationale. A total of 54 patients are currently hospitalized at one of the designated centers in the region, an increase of 6 in 24 hours. Of these, 10 are in intensive care.
The Enfant-Jésus hospital and the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) are the two busiest establishments with 33 and 17 COVID patients, respectively.
This is a significant increase when compared to the average of the last 28 days, established at 25 patients for the Child Jesus and 12 for the IUCPQ.
In Chaudière-Appalaches, 179 infections are added to the regional assessment. However, no new deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
The Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis has also observed an increase in its COVID admissions in the past few days, including two additional patients since Wednesday. This increase brings the total number of hospitalized patients in the region to 14, including 4 in intensive care.
Two outbreaks are particularly under surveillance in seniors’ residences in the region. The one affecting the private CHSLD under agreement Champlain-de-l’Assomption, in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, has made three new cases since Wednesday, bringing the number of infected people to 18. The patients of this residence had been mostly vaccinated in January specifies the CISSS of Chaudière-Appalaches.
The other outbreak underway in living environments affects the RPA Résidence Marie-Pier in Saint-Côme-Linière. There are 21 active cases among residents on Thursday and two deaths since the start of the outbreak.
Across Quebec, 1,609 new cases were announced by the Ministry of Health on Thursday morning. 9 new deaths are also added.
Hospitalizations remain on the rise, with 9 people added in the last 24 hours. The total on Thursday stands at 566 hospitalized patients, including 132 in intensive care, an increase of 9.
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