Public health institute says Quebec is in 6th wave, urges people to reduce contacts – CBC

Hospitalizations jump by 18% as Quebec reports more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19

Mar 30, 2022

Quebec’s institute of public health (INSPQ) says the province is in its sixth wave of COVID-19 infections.

The institute estimates this most recent wave began in mid-March and it is quickly becoming a challenge in the health-care system as more and more workers get sick and are forced to stay home, according to Dr. Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist at INSPQ.

He said a group at the INSPQ has been reviewing the data.

“Clearly the indicators were showing we were already in the sixth wave,” said De Serres, noting those indicators include points such as the positivity rate, number of sick health-care workers and number of hospitalizations.

“The fact that we are in a wave is something we were expecting.”

Defining a wave is easier after it occurs, but it’s harder at the beginning stage, he explained. Last week, it was clear the number of hospitalizations was increasing and nearly all regions were affected by COVID-19, he said.

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