New Covid cases rise steadily, 101 hospitalizations in the Outaouais
According to the data collected by the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ), Covid-19 in the Outaouais has been rising steadily over the past few months.
As of January 11, the latest data from Centre Intégré de Santé et de Services Sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) shows a daily increase of 120 new Covid cases in Outaouais. This brings the total cases over the pandemic to 44,685. There are currently 101 individuals hospitalized in the designated Covid-19 unit and one individual in intensive care. There are currently 50 CISSSO employees with Covid-19.
The majority of cases are in Gatineau and Papineau with 72 and 29 new cases, respectively. Pontiac, Collins-de-l’Outaouais, and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau each have six new cases.
Quebec and CISSSO continue to encourage vaccination as the best way for individuals to protect themselves against Covid and Influenza. 84.4% of the Quebec population has gotten their first Covid-19 vaccination. Quebec has administered 22,861,758 doses of the covid-19 vaccine, 1,036,196 of those were administered in the Outaouais. Many vaccination centers that were established during the pandemic are closing around the Outaouais and vaccinations can now be received at local CLSC’s. Specifically, the CLSC’s in Vallée-de-la-Lièvre, petite-nation, Val-des-bois, Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Shawville, Quyon, Chapeau, La Pêche, Maniwaki, Gracefield, and Low. There remains a vaccination center in the Aylmer Galleries, and in Gatineau at 75 blvd de la Gappe.
For the first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine individuals 6 months and older can receive the vaccine. An 8-week interval must be respected between dose 1 and dose 2. Booster doses are available for those over the age of 5. Booster doses need a five-month interval between doses and three months for those who have contracted Covid-19. People on dialysis or who are immunocompromised need a four-week interval between each dose.
Photo credit: Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ).
Photo caption: Screenshot of the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ) graph indicating the recorded cases on Covid-19 in the Outaouais from January 2022 to January 2023.