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