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Monday, February 26, 2024

Public health institute says Quebec is in the 6th wave


Key takeaways: 

  • Hospitalizations bounce by 18% as Quebec reports almost 3,000 new cases of COVID-19.
  • Quebec has been undergoing a climb in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, confirming almost 3,000 patients in the previous 24 hours.

Quebec’s institute of public health (INSPQ) says the region is in its sixth surge of COVID-19 diseases.

The institute counts this most recent wave started in mid-March. It is quickly becoming a challenge in the healthcare system as more and more employees get ill and are forced to stay home, according to Dr. Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist at INSPQ.

He stated a group at the INSPQ has been studying the data. 

“Indeed, the indicators showed we were already in the sixth wave,” said De Serres, citing the positivity rate, number of ill healthcare workers, and hospitalizations.

“We are in a wave is something we were anticipating.”

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Quebec’s institute of public health (INSPQ) says the region is in its sixth surge

Defining a wave is more manageable after it occurs, but he described it’s more challenging at the front stage. The previous week, it was apparent that the number of hospitalizations was rising, and almost all provinces were impacted by COVID-19.

“We don’t know, and what could be a variable is how great this wave will be,” De Serres said. 

“This relies primarily upon the number of contacts the population will have in the following few weeks.” 

Even if there are no official public health actions to lower contacts, there is a requirement for the population to minimize the number of contacts if the region expects to get through this wave with a fixed number of patients admitted to the hospital.

De Serres said the Quebec government has chosen to move away from orders and depends on residents to be responsible for their behavior.

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