In comparison, public health had identified 703 new cases last Thursday. However, the seven-day moving average is the same as last Thursday (at 710 cases per day on average), which could indicate a certain stabilization trend.
The death toll attributable to COVID-19 currently stands at 11,315 in Quebec. Note that in one week the daily average of deaths fell from 1.6 to 2.8 per day.
In the last 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 6 for a total of 256 in hospitals in the province (+58 in one week). Of this number, 87 patients are treated in intensive care, an increase of 2 compared to the previous day.
The evolution of COVID-19 in Quebec
There are currently 6,607 Quebecers sick with COVID-19. Interestingly, there are 2.5 times more active cases today than a month ago.
The number of outbreaks stands at 481, according to preliminary data from the Department of Health. Last Thursday, the ministry reported 340 (+ 41% in one week). Unsurprisingly, the increase in outbreaks is most dramatic in schools: 165% over seven days.
Despite this, it is still in the workplace that there are the most active outbreaks (49% of cases).
The living environments for the elderly are not spared: the health authorities on Thursday counted 58 cases in 22 CHSLDs and retirement homes in the province.
Screening operations are continuing throughout the territory, where 30,733 samples have been taken as of September 15 (with a positivity rate in Quebec of 2.3%). The reproduction rate (Rt) is 1.17, which means that one person will transmit the coronavirus to 1.17 people, on average.
INESSS data and projections
In addition, the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS) updated on Thursday its data on the risks of hospitalization and its projections on hospital needs in Quebec.
The hospitalization risks update was based on data collected during the week of September 4 to 10.
L’INESSSreports a 16% increase in the number of new cases compared to the previous week. And, of the new cases, 148 are at high risk of hospitalization, including 67 in intensive care.
People in the greater metropolitan area represent more than 80% of hospitalizations and people under 60, more than half of hospitalizations, as was the case in previous weeks.
People who are not fully vaccinated account for about three-quarters of cases and hospitalizations, reports theINESSS .
As for the projections on hospital needs, they are based on data collected up to September 10 and are based on the transmission rate for the last week.
Across the province, an increase in the number of new hospitalizations is expected. In Montreal and the surrounding area, the bed occupancy rate will increase over the next three weeks and this could be more pronounced in intensive care, warns INESSS.
With information from Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski