Explosion of the positivity rate in Quebec

Explosion of the positivity rate in Quebec
Explosion of the positivity rate in Quebec

While Quebec is preparing to receive its worst daily assessment since the start of the crisis at 11 a.m. with more than 400 cases expected, regional public health indicates that the positivity rate has exploded in screening centers in the Capitale-Nationale, bordering on the 8%. The CIUSSS is also re-launching the call for screening “in the slightest doubt”.

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The CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale carried out 5,044 screening tests on Wednesday in its centers. And the first results do not bode well for the future. We can no longer deny it, the virus is circulating the pedal to the floor in Quebec.

“We reached 7.9% positivity rate for our day yesterday [jeudi]», Specifies Annie Ouellet, spokesperson for the CIUSSS.

For comparison, the positivity rate was less than 2% less than three weeks ago in Quebec.

Such a result suggests that the toll of more than 400 cases expected Thursday noon will not be the only one to reach such a level. Especially since these 5,000 tests carried out yesterday do not include those carried out in hospitals or in living environments.

In view of such results, the CIUSSS wanted Thursday to relaunch a call for screening. Because a detected case can be isolated more quickly before wreaking havoc by spreading the virus.

“It is important. If you have any doubts about the contacts you have had or any symptoms you are experiencing, do not hesitate and make an appointment. It’s important to get tested, ”says Ms. Ouellet to people in the Quebec City region, the current epicenter of the third wave.

The CIUSSS indicates that it can offer “in the majority of cases” an appointment the same day. And the results are coming in quickly despite the increased demand in laboratories.

“The majority of results come out within the first 24 hours,” says Annie Ouellet, calling on people to be vigilant in their daily activities.

“You have to be more vigilant when you move around. And it is important to respect the measures, to wash your hands often, etc. ”

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