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Montreal may be over peak of first COVID-19 wave, but is still fragile - Montreal Gazette
Montreal may be over peak of first COVID-19 wave, but is still fragile
On Wednesday, Montreals public health department reported 319 new cases of COVID-19, a 1.43 per cent increase over Tuesdays total. While that may not sound like grounds for celebration in a city with 22,636 cases, the enduring relatively low percentage of day-over-day increase is, undeniably, an encouraging sign. Infectious diseases experts are now cautiously suggesting that after more than two months of lockdown measures, this hard-hit region may have crested the peak of the first wave of infection. I believe in Montreal we are just past the peak, said Dr. Matthew Oughton, a specialist in infectious diseases at the Jewish General Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University. We are not down to zero (per cent growth), but things are no longer speeding up. They are very gradually slowing down. Hospitals, by and large, are not doing too poorly for now. In the early days of the pandemic, day-over-day growth of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Montreal region was sometimes above 25 per cent. Since mid-April, that daily growth rate in cases has almost always been below 10 per cent. But for the past two weeks or so, the day-over-day growth in cases has been below two per cent.
Jewish General banks on technology to prevent second wave of COVID cases - Montreal Gazette
Jewish General banks on technology to prevent second wave of COVID cases
Health Canada has not yet approved for widespread use the vital-signs monitoring app. Its still being tested at the Jewish General. Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, executive director of the CIUSSS, said that pending Health Canada approval, its possible to allow health workers to download it to their smartphones. The Quebec Health Ministry is excited about the apps potential. Developed by a Tel Aviv company in collaboration with a Montreal health technology firm, the app allows users to monitor some of their vital signs by simply staring into their phones screen. One of the early signs of COVID-19 sometimes even before those who are infected may feel symptoms is a high respiratory rate and low oxygen-saturation in the blood. Should health workers at home feel a bit off, they can peer into their smartphones and if the readings are abnormal, theyll be to self-isolate pending a definitive diagnosis.
Montreal reaches 22,317 COVID-19 cases and 2,323 deaths - Montreal Gazette
Montreal reaches 22,317 COVID-19 cases and 2,323 deaths
The sectors reporting the highest numbers of deaths are:
- MercierHochelaga-Maisonneuve, 258
- AhuntsicCartierville, 247
- Côte-des-NeigesNotre-Dame-de-Grâce, 192
- Montreal North, 158
- Rivière-des-PrairiesPointe-aux-Trembles, 146
- Sud-Ouest, 144
- RosemontLa Petite-Patrie, 136
- LaSalle, 134
'Our shelves are already empty': Buying a mask in Montreal a tall order - Montreal Gazette
'Our shelves are already empty': Buying a mask in Montreal a tall order
Where does one buy a mask in the midst of a pandemic? As it turns out, thats a bit of a tricky proposition in Montreal, where over 2,000 people have died of COVID-19 and thousands of new confirmed cases are reported each week. Six of the 10 Montreal pharmacies contacted by the Montreal Gazette Tuesday said they were out of N95 protective masks and couldnt say if or when theyd get a new shipment. And this was just a few minutes after Premier François Legault said the government is advising all Quebecers to cover their faces when leaving the house. I expect demand will go up, but our shelves are already empty, said one employee at a pharmacy in Côte-St-Luc, which has been under a state of emergency since March 17. When the government gets a new shipment of protective equipment, they distribute them based on priority. Obviously, priority goes to front-line workers and long-term care facilities. Were low on that list.