In Montreal, long queues are the norm in front of the testing centre for the COVID-19.
July 16, 2020 18: 59
Updated at 19h18
Up to three days waiting for a test screening in Québec
If, in Montreal, you can wait up to five hours to undergo a screening test, in Quebec city, the delay can be up to… three days.
The son of Anne-Marie Roberge has symptoms of a cold since Tuesday. As a precaution, the mother has withdrawn her son from day camp, and she did the same with her daughter who is attending daycare. Even if the child likely suffers from a banal cold “it is sure that in the current context, [his symptoms] are part of the current criteria for the screening of” the COVID-19, she recalled in an interview with The Sun.
At the end of the day, Tuesday, Ms. Roberge has got an appointment for a screening test, but it will take place… on Friday morning. And for the end result, the family will still have to wait between 24 and 72 hours, he could have said.
“There, that is, as such, the children are not in school. But if we ask all families to miss a week of work, a week of school, each time that a child will show symptoms of common cold [fall and winter], it will not work. It will be necessary that it rolls more than that, because what could happen is that people will just hide their symptoms” or those of their children, afraid Anne-Marie Roberge.
According to her, the nurse at 1 877 644-4545 had told him that there were a lot of calls for children with symptoms of common cold and clinical screening (by Place Fleur de Lys) was “full” (the CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale region also has two clinical evaluation for the COVID-19, be MaClinique Lebourgneuf and the Jeffery Hale Hospital).
The CIUSSS of the National Capital, it indicates that the average time between when a person requests a screening test to the central appointment and the one where the screening is carried out at the clinic in Place Fleur de Lys is currently between 24 and 48 hours.
“It is a period that is variable in function of the solicitations, pop-up our installation: a week will be much less crowded, while the following, by reason of instructions of government of targeted screening, for example, will be much more,” says a spokesman for the CIUSSS, Mathieu Boivin.
Mr. Boivin emphasizes that the déconfinement significantly increases the number of case-contacts of each person tested positive, and therefore the number of tests to perform.
“The circumstances are also driving more citizens to seek a screening test. In this sense, we are currently working to increase our testing capacity in the short term to ensure they respond quickly and well to the requirements of the situation”, ensures the spokesperson for the CIUSSS.
The CIUSSS of the National Capital also reported Thursday two new positive cases of COVID-19 on its territory, including among residents of the Hostel to the 3 Gables. So far, 18 users and three employees of this establishment of the Beauport sector have been infected by the virus.
The second case reported Thursday in the national Capital has been identified in the community.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, 1902 people have received a positive result at the COVID-19 in the National Capital. Of this number, 1628 are restored, 190 are deceased and five are admitted to hospital (- 1), none of which were in intensive care. It would, therefore, still 89 cases (confirmed) active in the region.
Four new cases in the Chaudière-Appalaches
So that there were no more cases (confirmed) active COVID-19 on its territory the previous day, the CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches has reported Thursday that four new positive cases, all in the sector of Lévis.
According to the CISSS, some of these cases would be related, but we would not speak of an outbreak.
These new cases bear to 527 the number of people infected by the virus in the region of Chaudière-Appalaches since the beginning of the pandemic. Of this number, 515 were recovered, eight are deceased and none was hospitalized.