Optilab: more tests of the COVID-19 in area

Optilab: plus de tests de la COVID-19 en région

Quebec changes policy and will now test for coronavirus in the region, rather than centralized in large cities.

To meet the strong demand for tests, we had to reopen emergency laboratory in Sept-Îles and Baie-Comeau, in particular.

The samples that are routed are moved to Saguenay, where there were sometimes up to four days to get the results.

The satellite laboratories will also be testing in the Abitibi region. Even in the region of Montreal, the Hospital Le Gardeur is going to do its own analyses rather than send them to Laval, as is currently the case.

Optilab: plus de tests de la COVID-19 en région

Andrée Poirier

“In the current context, we realize the need to have services close by,” said the president of
the Alliance’s professional and technical staff of the health and social services (APTS), Andrée Poirier.

According to it, the centralization of the analyses in the framework of the project, Optilab, the department, in 2017, has been a serious mistake. She gives the example of the Abitibi region, which shall send its analysis to the McGill university health Centre in Montreal.

The APTS indicates that the equipment has been sent to this region in the past few days to carry out on-site analyses.

“The more you centralize, the less it is an autonomous region,” said the one who is campaigning for a moratorium on the project, Optilab.

Limit transportation

She points out that the great laboratories of the Montreal region that must already meet strong demand currently, since it is there that concentrate the main outbreaks of the virus.

The opening of laboratories outside the major centres will also avoid movements between the regions, as recommended by the public health Directorate.

It may also allow a reopening easiest of these regions and closer follow-up of developments in the field.

“The analysis of the tests has already begun. 25 to 30 tests per day can be realized on the day shift, which allows to respond to all requests currently “, says the spokesperson for the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, Pascal Paradis.

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