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The pandemic has brought many issues in the city and the province to light, including the issues of homelessness and lack of resources for shelters everywhere, including Chez Doris.

This has been particularly true since the curfew was implemented in January and the homeless population was originally not exempt from the rule.

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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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An Instagram story recently posted to social media by a medical student shows stretchers set-up in the Montreal Jewish General Hospital garage.

Despite its caption remarking, "So many patients that we have reached [the point] of receiving [patients] in the hospital garage," the hospital clarified that this protocol is not related to Quebec's surging hospitalizations.

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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."

Hospitals in Quebec reached a "cap" of 1,000 COVID-19 patients in-hospital, Dubé said.

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In a press conference on October 16, Quebec public health minister Christian Dubé confirmed that hospitals are no longer expected to reach capacity soon — and he said this shows red-zone measures are making an impact.

While the Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) previously reported that hospital beds in Montreal and nearby regions were projected to reach capacity early next month, their updated data shows that is no longer the case.

New projections show that at current rates, hospital beds are not expected to reach capacity in the province in the coming weeks. 

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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.

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