Hospital capacity remains sufficient to receive COVID-19 patients

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Quebec’s hospitals have sufficient space to receive new COVID-19 patients for at least the next month, new projections show.

The latest projections, which were released Friday by INESSS, the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services, show that if the number of cases remain at the current level hospitalizations will continue to increase but will not surpass hospital capacity.

“If the rate of transmission remains constant,” an INESSS press release states, “the number of new hospitalizations for all of Quebec could stabilize, or even begin to decrease.”

The update provides a ray of hope compared to one released two weeks ago showing that if cases continued to grow Quebec’s health system was in real danger of being overwhelmed.

But the health system remains fragile, Health Minister Christian Dubé warned. The new projections contain data from before Oct. 18 and therefore fail to take into account the impact of more recent outbreaks at long-term care homes, where residents who catch the virus are much more likely to require medical care.