Quebec COVID-19 hospitalizations rise again as thousands of health-care workers remain absent
Quebec public health reports Thursday that 152 more people have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, rising the occupancy rate to 1,294.
During the same period, 118 people were discharged, for a net increase of 34.
Of those in hospital, 42 are in the intensive care unit, which is seven more than the day before.
Meanwhile, 6,644 health-care workers are off the job due to issues related to the virus; some are at home in isolation, while others are on leave as a preventative measure.
There were also 13 more reported deaths, bringing that total to 15,589.
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The province recorded 1,568 new positive PCR tests, only available to priority groups.
There were also 705 positive self-reported rapid tests, available to everyone at pharmacies.
Health-care workers analyzed 11,757 PCR tests to determine a positivity rate of 15.8 per cent.
On Wednesday, Quebec health officials blamed the rise of COVID-19 infections on the arrival of several Omicron variants, namely BA. 2.12.1, BA. 4 and BA. 5.
Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau notes those variants account for three-quarters of new cases in Quebec.
He is encouraging people to take extra precautions as cases mount, adding that those with pre-existing conditions should consider wearing masks.
Health-care workers administered 6,750 more vaccine doses to Quebecers in the last 24 hours.
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