Projections from an October 7 report by L'Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) suggest that some hospitals in Quebec — particularly those in Montreal and nearby regions — could reach capacity by November if the COVID-19 transmission rate remains constant or rises.

This includes hospitals in Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Montérégie.

However, the report says hospital capacities could be adjusted to meet increasing needs.

It also says measures to flatten the curve could have an impact on hospitalizations in the coming weeks and months.

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Hospital beds available in Quebec


Other regions in Quebec are not expected to reach capacity at this time.

Hospitals in Montreal and nearby regions have a capacity of approximately 1,200 beds, and they're expected to reach capacity by November 6, if the province's 28-day "stay home" mandate for the city doesn't work.

Intensive care units in Montreal and nearby regions could reach capacity even sooner. There are approximately 200 beds, which could reach capacity by October 31.  

Aside from the availability of beds, other factors that impact hospital capacity include the availability of staff and equipment.

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