MONTREAL — A “suppressive” method to controlling the unfold of extra transmissible coronavirus variants in Montreal has prevented a spike in COVID-19 circumstances involving these variants, town’s public well being director stated Wednesday.
Dr. Mylene Drouin stated the extra aggressive technique explains the distinction between Montreal, the place the variety of new COVID-19 circumstances has remained steady, and Ontario, the place a authorities scientific advisory panel has stated variants account for almost half of all new circumstances and are driving a 3rd wave of the pandemic.
In Montreal, Drouin instructed reporters Wednesday, the variety of new circumstances has hit a plateau of about 325 for 3 weeks. The proportion of these circumstances involving variants has additionally levelled off at 20 per cent since Feb. 20.
The B.1.1.7 variant, first detected in the UK, is the one variant of concern with group transmission in Montreal, she stated.
“I believe we’re delaying the predominance of the U.Ok. variant, and after we examine to our neighbour from Ontario, we see they don’t have this plateau, so we are able to see what could be the development if we didn’t have a suppressive method,” she stated.
That method includes extra intensive contact tracing for variant circumstances, she stated. As well as, contacts that might usually be labeled as “low threat” are deemed “average threat” when a variant is concerned. Which means they’re requested to get examined and to self-isolate for 14 days.
“When we’ve got a variant in a particular setting, a college, daycare or office, we establish extra contacts, we do huge screening, and through this huge screening of contacts, we ask the folks that stay with these contacts to isolate themselves whereas we’re ready for the outcomes of the exams,” Drouin stated.
Nonetheless, Drouin expects that the variant will grow to be the predominant type of the virus being unfold in Montreal throughout the subsequent 4 weeks.
Montreal is the area of Quebec that has been hardest hit by the pandemic, and it has nearly all of circumstances involving variants within the province.
Quebec’s public well being institute on Wednesday confirmed 19 extra circumstances involving variants of concern within the province, for a complete of 541, most of which contain B.1.1.7. It stated it has detected 2,352 presumptive variant circumstances, a rise of 173. Montreal has had 327 of the confirmed circumstances and 1,094 of the suspected circumstances.
The variant is primarily spreading in neighbourhoods within the western a part of town, Drouin stated. In these areas, it’s being carried from colleges and daycares to properties, the place it infects dad and mom, who can then transmit the virus within the office.
Quebec reported a pointy rise within the variety of intensive care sufferers in COVID-19 wards Wednesday, up by 16 for a complete of 107.
Well being officers additionally reported 703 new circumstances of COVID-19 and 13 extra deaths, none of which occurred prior to now 24 hours. Complete hospitalizations dropped by one, to 532.
The province says it administered 28,812 doses of vaccine Tuesday, for a complete of 804,806. Quebec has reported 299,450 infections and 10,570 COVID-19 deaths for the reason that pandemic started and it at the moment has 6,833 energetic reported circumstances.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed March 17, 2021.
This story was produced with the monetary help of the Fb and Canadian Press Information Fellowship.
Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press