Quebec hospitals could reach capacity in next four weeks

Record Staff
Quebec  hospitals could reach capacity in next four weeks

According to data released by the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS), If the rate of COVID-19 transmission remains constant, projections suggest that the number of patients hospitalized will approach planned hospital capacity over the next four weeks. The situation is particularly worrisome for the Greater Montreal area and its surroundings. These capacities refer to the targets for beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in the various health and social services institutions in Quebec.
The data also shows that the profile of hospitalized cases is changing. While the proportion of elderly people is decreasing, the proportion of hospitalized patients with comorbidities, or underlying medical conditions, is increasing.
Over the weekend Quebec reported 1,097 (Friday, Oct.9), 942 (Saturday, Oct.10) and 843 (Sunday, Oct. 11) new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 86,976. Four new deaths occurred in the last 24 hours and eight that occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 10 were added, bringing the total deaths in Quebec to 5,965. The number of hospitalizations increased by 20 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 457. Among those, 75 are in intensive care.
The Estrie region reported 38 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 40 on Saturday, 32 on Sunday and 19 new cases on Monday, bringing the local total to 2,079 infections.

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