According to Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin, a third wave of COVID-19 infections in Montreal is definite.
"We will have a third wave," Drouin said at a Wednesday press conference. "But of course if vaccination is there and we are able to push back this third wave, I think we can have less effect on hospitalizations and deaths."
At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal's public health director, gave an overview of the current health situation in the city. While things are improving, she said, there are still "more than" 216 total active outbreaks in Montreal, with nine connected to parks, though the region's public health authority later said these outbreaks are small.
"What we are seeing is a small increase in the number of outbreaks in the community and this is what we are expecting in the next couple of weeks because we are reopening those sectors," explained Drouin.
As more Montrealers gather at parks during the summer, Drouin warned residents to "not share food or other material that can contribute to the transmission" even if "there is less risk outside."
"Even if you have one dose of vaccine, you are not fully immune, so it is important to maintain [health] measures."
As for the other outbreaks, Drouin explained that "we are seeing a [decrease] in the number outbreaks in workplaces [with] 84. For schools: 64 outbreaks; daycare centres: 26; and only 12 in the health care settings."
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"There’s certainly a way," she said. "There are people working on those protocols right now."
However, despite her hope for cultural events this summer, Drouin said it's doubtful that large festivals with thousands of people will be possible and she clarified, "it will probably not be like two years ago."