Overall, the vaccination campaign is progressing well, according to Dr. Mylaine Drouin, director of public health for the Montreal Region, and the goal of offering at least one dose of vaccine to more than 75% of Montreal residents by June 24 remains quite achievable. she said at a press conference.
About 1.26 million doses have already been dispensed in Montreal.
To date, more than half of Montrealists have received at least one dose. When we look at the appointments made over the next few weeks, we come up 69%.
However, if the 75% target is already largely met among people 55 and older, the enthusiasm for making appointments will be less than what adults in their 40s and 50s should have.
I will say that 40, 45 and 50 years are slower to arrive at the destination. […] There is a kind of stagnation, something is happening there.
For adolescents and young people newly eligible for vaccination, public health believes that the first response is good.
We just opened vaccination […]but they are there, we see it– emphasized Sonya Belange.
Ms Belange explained that operations will soon begin for children between 12 and 17 years old with the deployment of mobile vaccination clinics in primary schools and a mixed formula in secondary education, which includes mobile clinics and student relocation to schools, vaccination centers.
More good news: at least 80% of health care workers received the first dose of vaccine, and 35% received two doses, Ms Belange also stressed.
On the verge of red and orange
Meanwhile, COVID-19 is gradually losing ground in Montreal, where the rate of active cases hovers around 94 per 100,000 population, which is on the border between the red zone and the orange zone.
That’s why public health won’t put Montreal in the orange zone on Friday, as it will in other red zones in Quebec.
Since the successes in the fight against this disease in Montreal appeared relatively recently, the authorities prefer to play it safe and wait for June 7 before placing the city in the orange zone.
We are indeed on the verge of red and orange, but still in the red zone. […] The pandemic is not over yet, we still need to make some progress together.
Last week, public health identified 1,483 cases in the metropolis, or an average of 215 to 220 cases per day.
Over the past few days, we have experienced a sharp decrease in the number of cases, but this is due to a significant drop in the number of checks.– emphasized Dr. Drouin, urging citizens not to lose
reflex get tested as soon as they show symptoms.
Currently, COVID-19 is most affected by areas of Montreal: Parc-Extension, Bordeaux-Cartieville, Saint-Laurent, Pointe-Saint-Charles and Snowdon.
The positivity rate remains at 3%.
There are also 216 active flares in the metropolis,
but these are small, well-controlled flashes– assures Mylene Drouin.
While outbreaks usually decrease in workplaces, schools, kindergartens and care settings, they have begun to grow in the community, Dr Druin said, especially in parks where congestion increases with good weather. This shows that COVID-19 remains contagious during outdoor activities, Ms Drouin said.
The number of hospitalizations is decreasing
In city hospitals, the decline in COVID-19 cases is also reflected in the number of hospital admissions, which has also declined in recent weeks.
Today, 169 people are hospitalized in Montreal due to COVID-19, including 55 in intensive care. Emergency rooms are, on average, occupied on stretchers at 120% of their capacity.
Absenteeism among medical personnel who have been under stress for a year remains high.
Currently, 7% of our workforce is absent due to payroll insurance, industrial accidents or any other reason. 7%, which is approximately 10,000 people who are absent from the health network.– said Sonya Belange.