An outbreak was also reported at the La Belle Époque residence, also located in the Beauport sector. At the moment, there is only one resident and “less than five” infected employees.
In the other residential settings affected by an outbreak (the Clairière du Boisé intermediate residence, the Louis-Hébert CHSLD, the Kirouac residences and the Humanitae residence), the situation was stable on Wednesday.
Capacity of the health care system
In the Capitale-Nationale, the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) and the Enfant-Jésus hospital have been designated to receive adult patients with COVID-19. The CHUL, for its part, welcomes children infected with the virus, but there are none currently hospitalized.
As of Wednesday morning, 23 of the 35 beds at the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus dedicated to COVID patients were occupied. According to the CHU de Québec, 14 additional beds could be opened “immediately” if necessary, which would increase the hospitalization capacity to 49 beds.
On the intensive care side, the Enfant-Jésus Hospital has six intensive care beds reserved for COVID patients, four of which are currently occupied. Here again, the CHU de Québec says it is ready to dedicate six additional intensive care beds if necessary, for a total of 12.
“In both cases (hospitalizations and COVID intensive care), our capacity adjusts to demand. We have a capacity today which could be doubled tomorrow if necessary. We have the necessary leeway in regular intensive care and COVID units, ”said a spokesperson for the CHU de Québec, Bryan Gélinas, by email.
On the IUCPQ side, 18 hospital beds and four intensive care beds are reserved for COVID patients. Currently, 15 patients (nine confirmed cases and six others suspected) are hospitalized at the IUCPQ, including one in intensive care.
IUCPQ employees and a first doctor infected
Both among the staff of the IUCPQ and among those of the CHU de Québec and the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale (which notably manages residential homes for the elderly), cases of COVID-19 have been identified in recent days .
At the IUCPQ, there are currently six employees and a first doctor (since the start of the pandemic) infected with the virus. “The infection prevention and control team as well as the Human Resources and Communications Department are mobilized and present with the teams to ensure follow-ups in the management of good practices”, indicates the spokesperson, Catherine Nazair.
According to Ms. Nazair, the contamination of employees who have been infected since the start of the pandemic comes from various sources. “Some employees have been infected in the course of their work at the Institute or in another establishment of the health and social services network” or in the community or their family, specifies the spokesperson for the IUCPQ.
At the CHU de Québec, seven “interveners” recently received a positive result for COVID-19, out of more than 12,000 employees.
As for the CIUSSS de la Capitale, which has more than 17,000 employees, 12 were positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning.
The situation seemed to stabilize on Wednesday in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which recorded 16 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as the day before.
No new cases have been reported in the four residential homes for seniors affected by at least one case of COVID (Le Crystal resource, CHSLD Saint-Alexandre and Jardins Saint-Alphonse, in Thetford Mines, and Le Saint-Guillaume, in Saint-Georges).
As for schools affected by at least one case of COVID-19, four new establishments have been added to the official list since Tuesday, for a total of 15 since the start of the school year.
These are the École secondaire les Etchemins, in the Charny sector, the Maribel primary school, in Sainte-Marie, the polyvalente de Saint-Georges, and the Juvénat Notre-Dame, in Lévis, according to the official data (and not always up to date).
Of the fifteen schools affected, three were considered to be in an outbreak (at least two linked cases) as of Wednesday, namely the Saint-Hélène elementary school, in the Lévis sector, the Deux-Rives elementary school , in Saint-Georges, and the Veilleux high school, in Saint-Joseph.
- +53 new cases, for a total of 2,677 since the start of the pandemic
- 1,913 people recovered
- 200 people died
- 26 people hospitalized for complications, including five in intensive care
- 564 active (confirmed) cases
- + 16 new cases, for a total of 811 since the start of the pandemic
- 637 people recovered
- 10 people deceased
- 2 people hospitalized
- 164 active (confirmed) cases