The goal [du mois de mars] was to delay the arrival as much as possible, but also the propagation of the variants. For three weeks, we have managed to reach a plateau with a slight increase, but which is not exponential as in other regions in Quebec, or in Ontario., explained in a press briefing the Dre Mylène Drouin, the regional director of public health for Montreal.
According to public health, of the 142 outbreaks linked to variants that have been identified in the metropolitan area since the start of the pandemic, the vast majority concern less than 10 cases.
The objectives we had were achieved, because the variant took a place with a slower variation. This is what we had planned [pour le mois de mars]. But it is in the next few days that we will really see the impact of the Easter holiday.
In fact, according to the data reported, variants are progressing in Montreal and now represent more than 42% of new confirmed cases.
We are still quite concerned. As the progression accelerates from 40%, some increase in the number of cases is expected in the coming days or even weeks., detailed the Dre Drouin, who recalled that the
urban context of the metropolis makes Montreal
much more vulnerable.
Vaccination of the chronically ill
Earlier in the morning, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that people with a chronic disease (priority group 9) and essential workers (priority group 8) will also be eligible for vaccination, as soon as possible. next Monday.
The authorities made this decision given that the goal of vaccinating people over 60 in Montreal has now been reached, which makes it possible to vaccinate the following priority groups.
People designated by Quebec as having a chronic disease:
- People who have had an organ or bone marrow transplant;
- People who are currently undergoing cancer treatment;
- People who are on dialysis for kidney failure;
- People who have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine and are being seen by an allergist.
Vaccination will also be offered to people who are currently hospitalized due to a chronic illness., specified the national director of public health of Quebec, Horacio Arruda.
Specialized vaccination clinics in hospitals will also be open to vaccinate this specific clientele. Pharmacies can supplement immunization services as needed.
Vaccination of essential workers
As for essential workers whose place of employment is in Montreal, they will be able to make an appointment on Clic Santé as of Friday, but will have to wait at least until Monday to be inoculated with the vaccine. Proof of residence and employment will be required for this purpose.
These are workers working in sectors where they are more at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, particularly in employment settings where outbreaks have occurred that have been difficult to control such as slaughterhouses., I explained to Dr. Horacio Arruda.
The essential workers designated by Quebec are:
- Primary and secondary school staff;
- Childcare center staff (daycares and CPEs);
- Firefighters, police and detention center staff;
- Community and social service workers;
- Temporary foreign workers and slaughterhouse staff;
- Mining personnel in remote areas.
At the same time, as of Thursday, appointment scheduling will be open to those 60 and over in all regions, and those 55 and over will be able to go to vaccination centers without an appointment, if they agree to receive the vaccine. from AstraZeneca. Seven sites have been developed by the public health of Montreal:
- The Convention Center;
- The Olympic stadium;
- The Bill-Durnan Arena;
- Saint-Laurent vaccination clinic;
- The civic center of Dollard-des-Ormeaux;
- The Dollard-des-Ormeaux sports center;
- Montreal General Hospital.
About 32,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been planned for this purpose for nearly 100,000 Montrealers aged 55 to 60 who have not yet been vaccinated.
Montreal also declared 299 new infections on Wednesday, one less than the day before. There are 225 hospitalized patients, including 75 in intensive care.
There is still a pressure exerted, underlined the President and CEO of the CIUSSS du Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Sonia Bélanger, recalling that people hospitalized, or in intensive care, are younger, sicker, and that the duration of their stay is also longer.
A 16-year-old deceased
In the wake of the Montreal public health press briefing, the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center confirmed that a 16-year-old person died from complications related to COVID-19.
The hospital center does not specify the sex of this person and does not indicate whether he or she suffered from an underlying disease, however specifying
that people who die at a young age from COVID-19 are usually people with significant co-morbidities.
According to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec, only 3% of deaths linked to the virus involve patients who have no pre-existing medical problem.
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