There were 2,877 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Quebec on Wednesday, an increase of 135 over Tuesday’s number following 430 admissions and 312 discharges. Of that total 1,303 were considered ‘primary’ hospitalizations, where the reason for being in hospital was the virus. Intensive care numbers increased to 263, a rise of eight (27 admissions to 10 discharges), with 221 considered ‘primary cases.’
The province also reported another 52 deaths.
In the Eastern Townships there were 169 people in hospital with Covid, including 20 at the Granby Hospital and four at the BMP hospital in Cowansville. There were 26 in intensive care, all of whom were at one of the two designated centres in Sherbrooke.
The region reported 11 new deaths related to the virus since Monday, for an overall total of 442.
There was no significant change to the rates of vaccination among 5 to 11 year-olds in the Townships on Wednesday, as much of the focus has been on increasing the administration of the third dose. Statistics on that campaign are not yet available in the region, but 27 per cent of the population eligible to receive the booster across the province had done so as of Wednesday’s data.
The eligibility schedule was also changed again, with Quebecers 25 and up now eligible to register for a third dose as of Thursday, with everyone 18 and up being eligible as of Friday.