COVID-19 outbreaks are underway in the emergency rooms of two hospitals in eastern Montreal.
The CIUSSS de l’Est confirmed that COVID-19 outbreaks are affecting emergency rooms at Santa-Cabrini and Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospitals. These are not closed, but should be avoided, depending on the CIUSSS of the’East-de-l’Île-de-Montreal.
“We are seeing a significant number of people with COVID-19 who have been presenting to our emergency rooms for several weeks due to the current community contagion in the east of Montreal”, summarized in a press release Dr. Martine Leblanc, Director of Professional Services at the CIUSSS.
In the event of minor health problems, the CIUSSS reminds you that it is possible to visit a medical clinic or call the Info-Santé line.
“The large number of people in the emergency room means that we have more and more difficulty in putting in place measures of social distancing and adequate prevention and control of infections”, adds Dr. Leblanc.
The situation was already precarious in the two hospitals. At the time of the CIUSSS announcement, their emergency room was filled well above their capacity. On the morning of January 12, Maisonneuve-Rosemont posted a bed occupancy rate of 144%. That of Santa-Cabrini was 145%.
The CIUSSS also invites people with symptoms of COVID to take a screening test in one of its clinics.