Montreal Hospitals Are Facing A 'Real' Risk Of Exceeding Capacity In The Next Few Weeks

According to a report.
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Montreal Hospitals Are Facing A 'Real' Risk Of Exceeding Capacity In The Next Few Weeks

A report by the Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux has projected that there could be a "significant increase" in COVID-19-related Montreal hospitalizations.

Over these next three weeks, the INESSS says, there is a "real" risk of "exceeding dedicated capacities."

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'More than 50%' risk of exceeding hospital capacity in Montreal

Based on data from between December 28 and January 3, the INESSS projects that hospitalizations will increase across Quebec as a whole but vary by region.

In Montreal and its surrounding regions, "three-quarters of regular beds and two-thirds of designated intensive care beds" are already occupied.

In other regions, however, "the number of projected new hospitalizations is in slight decline."

Outside of the Montreal area, "almost 60% of regular beds and 30% of intensive care beds" are occupied.

In addition, the report states that "the risk of increased outbreaks in hospital settings remains a significant concern" in Quebec.  

With hospitalizations in Quebec the highest they've ever been since May, the situation in the province is "critical" for public health authorities. 

Premier François Legault began his Thursday press conference with: "We have good news" — which isn't something Quebecers hear every day. The reason for Legault's positivity amid widespread pandemic fatigue is that "the number of infections is stabilizing," according to experts.

"[The number of] new cases has peaked. The wave of hospitalizations is expected to peak in the next coming days," Premier Legault said. "This means that the measures we've put in place have worked. We're going in the right direction but we have to remain very careful."

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