The CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec (MCQ) is preparing to receive new doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.
The CIUSSS has already received 4,875 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer BioNTech. In the first two weeks 87% of the doses were given. The others will be by the end of next week, again for priority groups identified by the regional public health directorate.
As requested by the Quebec government, all the doses received will be used to vaccinate a maximum of vulnerable people and workers working with these people in CHSLDs rather than keeping half of the vaccines for the second dose required. Since the start of the vaccination campaign, the CHSLD Cloutier-du Rivage has been the designated place for vaccination.
“With the imminent arrival of the Moderna vaccine, we will begin vaccination in CHSLDs and in our remote regions, including Wemotaci, which will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine no later than the week of January 11,” explains Dr. Marie Josée Godi, director. regional public health.
La Mauricie / Center-du-Québec is expecting 1,300 doses of this vaccine, 500 of which will be reserved for the community of Wemotaci and 730 for CHSLDs in the territory.
As of the end of January, the CIUSSS MCQ will receive doses of vaccine in proportion to the population. “This is when we will have to judge the vaccination rate for our region. To date, over 1,400 doses have been administered. We were able to reach 52% of workers in CHSLDs, ”says Dr. Godi.
The teams mobilized are able to vaccinate between 45 and 50 residents in CHSLDs each day. It is planned that the teams from the different CHSLDs will be called upon for the next phase of the vaccination, in addition to mobile teams which can be deployed to lend them a hand.
The vaccination rate should also accelerate from February until the end of March, predicts the CIUSSS.
A delay of about 10 weeks is recommended between each dose of the vaccine. “The next appointments will be given accordingly to administer the second dose to allow long-term protection against COVID-19,” she adds.
Hospitalizations: the situation is stabilizing, but remains critical
The CIUSSS MCQ has noticed an increase in cases in the territory since the beginning of December. This increase is more marked on the Center-du-Québec side.
In Mauricie, there is also a slight increase, especially in Haut Saint-Maurice. The trend is currently relatively stable or declining in the other MRCs in the Mauricie region. It must be said that the region has gone from 106 outbreaks to 78 in recent weeks, a situation attributable to the end of outbreaks in several schools.
“This is what we anticipated with the announced school closures for the holidays. In retirement homes, overall, outbreaks are controlled fairly quickly, ”notes Dr. Marie Josée Godi, regional director of public health.
The CHSLDs in the region are little affected by the second wave of the pandemic for the moment. The Deputy President and CEO of the CIUSSS MCQ, Nathalie Boisvert, emphasizes that rigorous preparation, better knowledge of the virus and the commitment of all staff have enabled the vast majority of CHSLDs to be preserved.
“As soon as a worker or resident received a positive COVID status, we applied a change in vigilance, which is called power-ups. In total, 72% of power-ups prevented an outbreak, ”she explains.
On the last day, the CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Center-du-Québec counted 91 cases in the territory, that is to say 17 in Mauricie and 74 in Center-du-Québec. The situation is more worrying in the Drummond RCM where there are 51 new cases. Five deaths are also to be deplored in the last 24 hours in Mauricie / Center-du-Québec. These occurred in CHSLDs (1) and in accommodation resources in the community (4).
The positivity rate remains high, however, indicates the regional director of public health. In Mauricie / Center-du-Québec, the positivity rate is approaching 9%, that is to say that 9% of people screened receive a positive result. Dr. Marie Josée Godi invites anyone with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 to get tested: “We have the capacity to test everyone.”
As for hospitalizations, it tends to want to stabilize. “But the pressure is still present, insists Dr. Godi, and we observe an additional heaviness at the Sainte-Croix hospital in Drummondville where the occupation has been at more than 75% since the beginning of December.”
Two new outbreaks have also been detected at CHAUR in Trois-Rivières in recent days, in addition to the one in the COVID unit. The infection prevention and control teams are currently analyzing the situation so that the necessary corrective measures can be taken quickly.
“Despite the situation experienced in the hospital, we remind you that it is important to consult the emergency room when the health situation requires it and when it is deemed necessary to consult a doctor in the emergency room. The emergency rooms have been reorganized in recent months to deal with the situation, ”recalls Dr. Godi.
Reinforcements at the National Police Academy
The National Police School of Nicolet, which acts as center temporary accommodation linked to COVID-19, accommodated 49 users at the end of the day today (January 5).
“The situation is changing there on a daily basis. We expected nine admissions today, but we expect leave in the coming days, notes Nathalie Boisvert, Deputy President and CEO of the CIUSSS MCQ. However, we want to increase the reception capacity. ”
The CIUSSS MCQ plans to mobilize enough staff to accommodate 55 residents in this environment. The suspension of the activities of the short-term geriatrics unit in Nicolet has also made it possible to repatriate staff to the National Police Academy to support the teams in place, as well as in the CHSLDs.