New cases of COVID-19 have practically doubled over the past week in the Outaouais, forcing regional medical authorities to quickly reorganize the provision of health care by postponing, among other things, operations deemed non-urgent.
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“We are for the moment able to do gymnastics to recover [des lits et du personnel] in other sectors, but the increase in the number of hospitalizations will continue, it is inevitable ”, ruled the Deputy President and CEO of the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO), France Dumont.
The regional medical authorities want to increase the number of beds in the COVID unit to 50 and the number of critical care beds to 30. However, in order to do so, some 150 non-urgent operations will have to be postponed each week.
The Outaouais reached unprecedented levels since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday with 178 new cases and 63 active outbreaks. Thirty-eight people are hospitalized with the virus, including 13 in critical care and five in intensive care. The region has 877 presumptive cases of variants, mainly that of the United Kingdom.
The CISSSO is even considering calling on other regions for the provision of services if the situation continues to deteriorate.
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