In a press conference on December 18, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé warned the population that the COVID-19 situation in Quebec hospitals is "very critical."\nHospitals in Quebec reached a "cap" of 1,000 COVID-19 patients in-hospital, Dubé said.\nEditor's Choice: COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Quebec Have Risen 50% In Just Three Weeks\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nEvery person can contribute to lowering the pressure on our health care network. \n\n\nChristian Dubé, Quebec Health Minister \n\n\nThe health minister said the province has a capacity of 2,164 hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients, including the beds in intensive care units (ICUs). \nIf this continues, he said we'll go over patient capacity. \nDubé outlined 10 Quebec hospitals at risk of overcapacity for COVID-19 patients. Two are on the island of Montreal and one is in Longueuil: \n\nLakeshore Hospital - Pointe-Claire\nVerdun Hospital - Verdun\nPierre Boucher Hospital - Longueuil\nAnna-Laberge Hospital - Chateauguay\nCIUSSS MCQ - Trois Rivières\nL'Enfant Jesus Hospital - Quebec City\nChicoutimi Hospital - Lac-Saint-Jean\nHull Hospital - Gatineau\nUniversity Institute of Cardiology and Respirology of Quebec (IUCPQ) - Quebec City\nCHU De Sherbrooke - Sherbrooke \n\nHours earlier, the Ministry of Health and Social Services had published a press release stating that hospital beds in Quebec were projected to be sufficient for the next month.\nHowever, Dubé said the province has started preparing hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in "non-traditional" locations to brace itself for overcapacity.\n\n"We installed beds at Hôtel Le Concorde [in Quebec City] [and] we'll even be obligated to use hotel banquet halls [for beds]," he said.\nThe minister advised Quebecers to only visit hospitals if absolutely necessary and to opt for a family doctor for non-COVID health issues.\nQuebecers who don't have a family doctor can dial 1-877-644-4545 to be directed to an appropriate health resource. Or, they can dial 811 to be connected to an Info-Santé Nurse.