The current situation in hospitals in the region allows the relaxations announced yesterday by the Prime Minister, according to an intensivist who recalls, however, that one should not get too carried away. “It can change quickly”, insists the Dr Mathieu Simon.
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The head of the Intensive Care Department at IUCPQ, a designated COVID-19 center in Quebec, agrees with yesterday’s announcements. The trend in his department for the last week convinced him of this decision.
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Fewer hospital deaths
“It does not worry me any more about the capacity of the network to hold out”, launches the Dr Simon, specifying that the drop in hospitalizations and deaths on his floor bodes well. “Currently, the people who have seen them die are mainly in CHSLDs and RPAs. Hospital deaths have declined. “
For the future, it will nevertheless be necessary to remain cautious. The Dr Simon believes that the health measures of the past few weeks have proven their effectiveness and that the population should not move away too quickly to avoid a return to square one.
“Two weeks ago, I was asked about the triage protocol, on which patient was going to live and which one was going to die, then today we are talking about which businesses should open. This is proof that things can change very quickly, ”recalls the intensive care doctor.
“If people don’t follow the measures that will stay in place, if some exaggerate or if the variants are more present, we may have to go back. “
The right recipe
But the good news for the expert is that we now know the recipe.
“The confinement, the curfew and the closure of just about everything have shown that we can reduce hospital occupancy and daily cases by almost two thirds”, underlines Mathieu Simon, satisfied with the speed of this recipe. .
And while the eastern regions will move to the orange level, can we anticipate the same scenario for Quebec soon or is it too early?
“I see the opening of regions as an experience. If we open up and the figures are good, the government will feel more comfortable to subsequently open more densely populated regions, where the cases are still a little high, ”analyzes the specialist.
YESTERDAY’S ASSESSMENT IN THE GREATER QUEBEC REGION
- 61 new cases
- 82 hospitalizations, including 14 in intensive care
- 8 deaths
- 759 active cases
- 69 outbreaks in progress
- 22 new cases
- 22 hospitalizations, including 5 in intensive care
- 2 deaths
- 415 active cases
- 60 outbreaks in progress