COVID-19: Situation is stable in the Outaouais, Ottawa exceeds 800 deaths milestone | Coronavirus: Ontario

In Outaouais, the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INPQ) indicates that, as the day before, 60 people are still hospitalized due to COVID, including one patient in intensive care.

The death toll has not changed. Since the start of the pandemic, 314 people have died from the corona virus.

The Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) indicates that 37 of its employees are currently infected with COVID-19.

There are currently 345 active cases in the area and 34 infections have been added to the balance since Wednesday. But these data do not take into account the difficulty of accessing screening tests in Quebec for several months.

Furthermore, the CISSS de l’Outaouais announced on Thursday through a press release that a new vaccination site will open its doors in Gatineau on May 25. The site will be located at 75 boulevard de la Gappe. The population can make an appointment on the Clicsanté website (New window) or go there without an appointment on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, as well as on Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Across Quebec, public health authorities reported 14 additional deaths and 37 fewer hospitalizations in the province on Thursday.

A clinic for the treatment of long-term COVID in the Outaouais

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced Thursday the commitment of about 15 clinics across the province to treat the symptoms of long-term COVID and Lyme disease.

Five referral centers will be deployed, including one for coordination, and ten satellite clinics, including one at the Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS).

These clinics will house multidisciplinary teams consisting of health professionals, including a nurse, a social worker and a physiotherapist, and a medical specialist. They will look at patients’ physical and mental health, rehabilitation and social support and will play a role in diagnosis, early intervention and the development of management plans. More specialized services will be offered by medical specialists, the province said in a press release.

This pilot project will be launched in the coming months and will last three years.

Ultimately, the service offering will be reviewed in light of needswarns the ministry. Part of the activities will be devoted to research to better understand these diseases.

The latest budget allocated $20.5 million to support the establishment of a total of about 15 referral centers and satellite clinics. Of this amount, a budget of $4.1 million will be invested for the current year, according to the government.

Two new deaths in Ottawa

In the federal capital, two deaths related to COVID-19 are added to the balance. Ottawa Public Health (OPS) has recorded 801 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The number of hospital admissions remains the same as Wednesday, with nine people placed in an Ottawa health care facility with an active infection, except for one patient admitted to intensive care.

Local public health authorities are recording 28 ongoing outbreaks.

According to the latest data from OPS, 76 infections are added to the pandemic toll and 688 cases are active. But as in Quebec, the lack of access to screening tests has made this latest data less relevant in recent months.

Four fewer hospital admissions in Eastern Ontario

In eastern Ontario, there are four fewer hospitalizations than Wednesday. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reports six hospitalizations, including one patient placed in intensive care.

There are currently eight outbreaks in the territory of the EOHU

The death toll remains unchanged with 228 victims of the eastern Ontario pandemic as of February 2020.

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