As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, in part due to the Omicron variant, some Montreal hospitals are beginning to see an increase in positive cases even within their own staff.
In an internal memo obtained by Global News, officials from the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) issued a cautionary notice to staff on Tuesday morning.
According to the memorandum, there were at least 20 positive COVID patients between Montreal General Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital, and the workforce has been hit hard as 77 employees also tested positive between the two institutions.
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According to the advisory, there are currently two outbreaks in Montreal General, including one in the emergency room.
The memorandum stated, “the vast majority of these positive cases were acquired by the community; however, we are also experiencing transmission from some healthcare workers to healthcare workers ”.
On top of that, the notice said there were more than 50 healthcare workers in quarantine due to contact with family members who had tested positive.
In a video briefing Late last week, MUHC officials alerted staff to the spread of COVID among employees. The filing said 22 new cases developed in three and a half days a week ago, seven of which involved the Omicron variant.
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This all comes after Quebec’s health minister Christian Dubé asked the public to be very careful in light of the highly communicable variant, so as not to overwhelm the healthcare system.
“Our key problem right now,” Dubé told reporters on Monday, “is that we are understaffed for many reasons. You know they had a terrible last two years and that’s why we are understaffed. “
In a statement, Annie-Claire Fournier, MUHC spokesperson, wrote: “A contingency plan is in place and rigorous follow-up with staff is underway. Health measures have been strengthened in healthcare units. Patient care is our priority and, at this time, services are not affected by the current situation. “
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