The number of hospitalizations is also decreasing, with five people currently in the COVID-19 unit of the Center hospitalier régional de Rimouski, including three in intensive care. If he indicates that “the decrease is very welcome”, Dr. Leduc stresses however that the record that the Bas-Saint-Laurent recorded on May 15 with 18 hospitalizations, including 7 in intensive care, is not very far away. . “It had taxed us a lot on the hospital level,” recalls the regional director of public health.
Moreover, on the side of outbreaks in living environments, “it’s on the good side”, he rejoices. A single outbreak is not yet circumscribed, but is considered stable. This is the outbreak at Résidence Havre La Fontaine in Rivière-du-Loup, which has 7 residents and one worker infected. At the Manoir Héritage in Trois-Pistoles, where 38 users and 12 employees were infected, the outbreak is over. From this sad record, this outbreak has claimed at least three victims.
78% of Bas-Laurentiens vaccinated
The Bas-Saint-Laurent Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS), which predicted that 80% of its population would have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the end of this week, almost hits its target. The organization confirms that 77.7% of people over 18 in the region have now received a first dose. If we include Bas-Laurentians aged 12 to 17, this percentage drops to 74%. However, the CISSS indicates, by way of a press release, that “vaccination has accelerated for a few days”. “The current rate of vaccination allows us to announce that 84% of people aged 12 and over in Bas-Saint-Laurent will have been vaccinated by June 14,” anticipates media relations advisor Gilles Turmel. .
Since the start of vaccination in December, 142,636 doses have been administered. For 13,529 of them, this is a second dose. Mr. Turmel specifies that it is possible, for people who already have an appointment scheduled, to anticipate it by going to the vaccination clinic in their territory.
The campaign targeting young people aged 12 to 17 in schools will begin on Tuesday. “Our teams will vaccinate young people directly on site in 17 high schools in Bas-Saint-Laurent,” says the spokesperson for the CISSS. For the other students, they will be moved by school bus, either to our vaccination sites or to certain high schools when the distance is shorter. ” The number of students who will be vaccinated, with the collaboration of the various school service centers in the region, is estimated at 6,200. “By June 18, more than 90% of young people aged 12 to 17 in the Bas- Saint-Laurent will have been vaccinated, ”reports Gilles Turmel based on forecasts from the CISSS.
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