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Coronavirus live updates: Air-test results in CHSLDs, hospitals 'seem satisfactory' – Dubé

Preliminary air-test results in CHSLDs, hospitals 'seem satisfactory,' Dubé says.

MONTREAL, QUE.: NOVEMBER 26, 2020 -- Health care workers goes take in charges people waiting in line for COVID-19 testing at the Park Extension COVID-19 clinic on Thursday November 26, 2020. (Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 65389 - 4925

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Quebec reports 1,333 new cases, 23 deaths as hospitalizations jump

Quebec has recorded 1,333 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

“The situation seen over the few days is worrying,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said via Twitter.

“I remind you that we must continue to respect all measures and limit our contacts to reduce the number of cases. We need everyone’s collaboration.”

Preliminary air-test results in CHSLDs, hospitals ‘seem satisfactory’ – Dubé

Quebec says it conducted 70 carbon-dioxide tests in CHSLDs and hospitals in two regions last week.

“The results seem satisfactory, pending the recommendations of the experts,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said via Twitter on Monday morning.

The government has set up a group of scientific and technical experts, which is to present a report in December that takes stock of the situation in Quebec health institutions and schools and present recommendations to the government.

The tests were carried out between Nov. 19 and 23, in “several facilities such as residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) and hospitals” in the Quebec City and Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec regions, the provincial health department said in a press release.

The level of carbon dioxide or CO2 is considered an indicator of the quality of ventilation.

Health officials said measurements were carried out in several areas of buildings, including bathrooms, waiting rooms, cloakrooms and bedrooms.

Citing the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, the government said the concentrations should not exceed 1,100 parts per million (ppm).

The test results showed an average of 707 ppm in the facilities in Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec and 651 ppm for those in Quebec City, health officials said.

Last week, a report showed the majority of Quebec’s schools have no mechanical ventilation system, forcing personnel worried about COVID-19 to open windows and doors to keep the air moving.

But despite mounting pressure, the report contains no data about the current quality of the air in classrooms, leaving critics fuming over government foot-dragging on a known problem.

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Montreal added 400 cases – the most of any region.

It’s the third day in a row that Montreal has added at least 400 infections. Last week, new cases dipped as low as 219 on the island.

Twenty-three new deaths were reported, including eight over the past 24 hours.

Of the rest of the deaths, 14 occurred between Nov. 23 and 28, and one on an unknown date.

Twenty-eight more people are in hospital with COVID-19, for a total of 693.

Among those in hospital, 92 are in intensive care – two more than on the previous day.

On Saturday, Quebec conducted 27,115 tests. That’s the last day for which screening data is available.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 142,371 cases and 7,056 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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