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Vaccination of young people well underway in Estrie

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 is going well in Estrie. To date, 13,700 children out of a possible 36,700 have received a first dose or have made an appointment to receive it.

A statistic that has something to encourage the health authorities, who juggle not only with a very high daily number of COVID-19 cases – there are more than 140 per day – but also with difficulties to investigate and detect all suspected cases.

Sherbrooke’s designated screening center is not providing, to the point where, on Thursday afternoon, people who wanted to get an appointment for a screening test had to wait until Monday.

The director of public health in Estrie, Dr Alain Poirier, does not hide that he is looking forward to the deployment of rapid tests for the general population. Thursday, Quebec announced that these tests would be offered to parents of children over one year of age who attend daycare and who show symptoms of the virus, starting Monday. They can take the test at home and will only have to go to the testing center if it is positive.

“Yes, there are other means that are on the table that the ministry will announce. I’m going to give him the prerogative to do it, says the Dr Pear tree. But, it’s not that simple because yes we are talking about rapid tests, but at the moment there are too many of them in a kit with the solution. So in the school environment, it’s perfect and it’s already deployed, but there are other tests that arrive in smaller packages that can be given to people who can do it at home. “

The affected school environment

While at this time last year it was high schools that were most affected by COVID-19 cases, at the moment it is elementary schools.

In total, the Center de services scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSSRS) has seven outbreaks, for a total of 104 active cases in 14 schools. Twenty-seven classes are withdrawn and, at the end of the afternoon, the school service center announced the temporary preventive closure of Desranleau elementary school located in the Fleurimont borough.

Of the 400 students, 38 have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 300 are awaiting their test results. It is only Sunday evening that a final decision will be made as to whether the school will be able to reopen its doors on Monday.

The majority unvaccinated

While the number of cases is still very high, the number of hospitalizations is on the rise. Eighteen patients are hospitalized and the majority of them are unvaccinated.

“The vaccinated patients that we have had are patients who had other health problems, who were at greater risk. But the vast majority, 90%, are unvaccinated people, admits the pulmonologist and intensivist of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, Dr.r Yannick Poulin. Yet it is clear, there is none, but no other way to protect yourself against COVID-19 other than to get vaccinated and it is not just to protect yourself against COVID19, but it is also to protect against major infection and hospitalization. ”

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