Local hospitals further limit visits

Record Staff
Local hospitals further limit visits

The Province of Quebec reported 2,588 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday which, combined with 3,127 reported on Saturday and 2,588 on Friday, brought the total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic to 228,821. To date, 195,663 are considered to have recovered from these infections. Sunday’s data also recorded 39 new deaths, for a total of 105 noted over the weekend, and 8,686 in all. The number of hospitalizations decreased by 12 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 1,380. Among these, the number of people in intensive care decreased by 3, for a total of 203. The total number of vaccine doses administered so far sat at 84,387.
In the Estrie Region, Sunday brought news of 135 new cases, following 111 on Saturday and 155 on Friday for a total of 9,187. The number of people who have died as a result of the virus in the region also climbed by four to 205, with new deaths being recorded in the Sherbrooke community, at the Centre Leclerc long term care facility in Granby, at the Granby Hospital, and at the Les jardins de Pinecroft private seniors’ residence in Magog. Although the number of short-term beds dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19 remains close to capacity in the region, Sunday’s report indicated slightly better numbers than Thursday’s update, with 65 of 74 beds in use. A total of 10 out of 25 intensive care beds were also occupied.
In light of the situation in local hospitals, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie- CHUS made the decision to severely restrict visits to the Fleurimont Hospital, the Sherbrooke Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, the Granby Hospital, and the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital. As of this past Saturday, only caregivers required under certain circumstances and those providing protected services are allowed access to these four facilities, such as one parent accompanying a child in pediatric care, a birthing assistant, and the presences of one visitor at a time for someone at the end of their life.
Further measures limiting movement within the hospital buildings are under consideration.

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