Laval and the Outaouais go orange, not only because of the increase in the number of cases, but also because of the increase in the number of outbreaks. The Center-du-Québec region will turn from yellow to green. The Minister of Health Christian Dubé calls on Quebeckers to make “some sacrifices” to reduce the impact of this second wave.
The government is once again relying on its regional approach to tackle the second wave which, the Minister of Health insisted, is different from the first, especially because it is characterized by significant community transmission.
“This second wave is very different. I would not go so far as to say that this is good news, but Quebeckers, when they see themselves more in a region, we come back to accountability. It is our role to inform about what is happening in specific regions, ”he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
A second different wave therefore, with regard to the affected regions, the affected environments (it is a question of community transmission more than an impact on living environments for seniors) and the age of the infected people; younger.
Health system “damaged”
“What concerns us most is that community contagion, even if it does not affect a large number of deaths or hospitalizations, it hurts us very much,” Dubé said. When this community transmission ends up impacting health workers, […] it will end up reaching the most vulnerable people. ”
“Our health system is undermined by this transmission,” insisted the minister.
The impact of community transmission is also taken into consideration to determine the color code of a region. Although the criteria determining whether a region changes from one color to another are very precise, there are “different levels” in the organ level, for example, before going red, said National Director of Public Health Horacio. Arruda.
The Minister of Health recalled the new rules surrounding gatherings in private places: a maximum of six people. The reunification of two families of four is however allowed, being the lower risk of contagion.
Despite these rules, Minister Dubé hammered home the message to avoid meetings as much as possible. “Let’s make some sacrifices in the next few weeks, we can make a difference.”
“We will fight every day to stop this increase. We have to be really on our guard. Each Quebecer can make a difference in his corner. ”
-Christian Dubé, Minister of Health
Entering without a warrant: the “last solution”
Although it is important for Mr. Dubé to enforce the instructions, especially with regard to private gatherings, allowing the police to enter homes without a warrant is in his eyes the “last solution”.
“You can’t intervene in a house if the owner won’t let us in. There is something else we are looking at, ”he suggested.
He recalled that the parties and evenings with friends are largely responsible for community transmission.
“I think we can do it without going there [laisser les policiers entrer dans les résidences privées], but if the cases do not correct themselves, we will not allow our health care system to be damaged for the wrong reasons. ”
Feedback from I contribute to better test and better trace
The Minister of Health Christian Dubé recognized that the workforce needs were important in terms of screening and tracing. He calls on Quebeckers who would be able to perform these tasks to register on the I contribute platform.
Currently, nurses are transferred from their environment to screening, which is far from optimal for health settings, he illustrated.
Mr. Dubé announced an absence of 4,500 people in the health sector. “We are not in an area where it is dangerous, but it is very fragile,” he advised.
He therefore appealed to retirees in certain areas of health, specifying that the government awaits a commitment of a few weeks to work in “a relatively pleasant environment, at interesting hours”.
Audiologists, dentists, dietitians-nutritionists, dental hygienists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, nursing assistants, medical technologists and midwives are the people sought to fill the lack of manpower in the screening units and clinics.
As for the profile sought to carry out epidemiological surveys, the call is addressed to people able to carry out surveys and polls, such as retired police officers, in particular.
The government is also working to further computerize the procedures that are done in preparation for and after screening tests. “I think we will go to 21e century in the coming weeks, ”said Mr. Dubé.
He also raised the issues when it comes to the equipment needed in laboratories to perform screening tests.