Assessment of COVID-19 in Quebec | Quebec is nearing the 1,900 hospital admissions threshold

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued their steady decline on Monday, now approaching the 1,900 patient threshold as the province records four additional deaths and 622 new infections.

Posted at 11:17 am

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The press

These four new deaths, reported Monday, bring the seven-day daily average to 19. The trend is stable over a one-week period.

On Monday, there was a drop of 16 hospitalizations, reflecting 85 new admissions and 101 discharges. To date, 1,910 patients remain hospitalized, 66 of whom are still in intensive care, a number that has remained stable compared to the previous day (nine admissions, nine discharges).

Currently, the 1,910 people currently hospitalized mean a 12% drop in one week. In the intensive care unit, the 66 patients mean a 15% drop in one week.

According to the current trend, the number of hospital admissions is expected to continue to decrease in the coming days, with the number of discharges continuing to outstrip admissions. On average, there are 37 fewer patients every day.

Interestingly, about 42% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were admitted due to the coronavirus. Conversely, 58% of patients were hospitalized for another reason but tested positive for COVID-19. In intensive care, this proportion is 59-41%.

Transfer and quick tests

Quebec also reports 622 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the daily average to 1,143. The trend is down 25% in a week. These numbers likely reflect only a portion of total infections due to limited access to PCR testing. On Saturday, Public Health still conducted 10,694 screening tests, a relatively stable number compared to the weekly average.

In addition, the proportion of PCR screening tests that tested positive for COVID-19 is still very high at 7.6%. In addition to the cases identified by PCR tests, 1,223 people who tested positive for a rapid test also came forward over the weekend. Self-reported cases, which are not included in daily reported cases, are down 29% over the past week.

To date, more than 205,280 rapid tests have been self-reported on the Department of Health and Human Services (MSSS) platform. Of these, more than 168,045 tested positive for the disease.

About 6,357 healthcare workers are still absent for reasons related to COVID-19, either for preventive withdrawal, isolation or while still awaiting screening results.

On the vaccination side, 7,586 additional doses were administered on Sunday. The vaccination campaign continues to slow rapidly, with fewer and fewer requests for fourth doses. Quebec administers an average of 19,000 doses per day, down 27% over the past week. To date, 83.3% of Quebecers have received two doses, but only 51.7% have three and 10.8% have four doses. Including those vaccinated outside the province, it is now approaching the milestone of 20 million doses administered since the pandemic began.

With Pierre-Andre Normandin

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