In the context of the community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the presence of residents of seniors’ residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) in hemodialysis clinics, what are the recommendations to apply when managing dialysis users in ambulatory hemodialysis units?
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February-24-21Tools and Methods for Integrating Health into Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policies and Strategies
This paper presents the results of a scoping review of the literature on existing tools and methods for integrating health concerns into climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies. It is intended for public health actors who may be involved in the development of such policies and strategies. It may also be of interest to other actors who would like to further integrate the health dimension into their actions aimed at combating climate change.
The review of the scientific and grey literature identified thirteen tools and methods, which were classified into five categories:
- Impact assessment tools;
- Tools for integrating health into adaptation policies...
February-23-21Preliminary Data on Vaccine Effectiveness and Supplementary Opinion on the Strategy for Vaccination Against COVID-19 in Quebec in a Context of Shortage
The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) recently asked the CIQ to issue an opinion on the target interval before administration of the second dose, and important considerations to be taken into account for decision-making. The purpose of this opinion is to answer this question through an analysis of the most recent data on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness from Quebec and abroad.
This information sheet replaces publication 2962:
Reception of Temporary Foreign Workers to Support Agri-Food Activities
These measures apply when community transmission is confirmed by public health authorities. Based on current knowledge, it is known that COVID-19 can be transmitted by presymptomatic, symptomatic, and asymptomatic carriers of the disease. Preventive measures are therefore recommended at all times.
The prevention measures recommended by the government for the general population and the basic recommendations for all workplaces (in French only) apply, unless more restrictive measures are specified. These recommendations are based on the...
If a worker gets sick, all of their coworkers and housemates may have to be isolated. These preventive measures are aimed at protecting the health of all workers so companies can continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic while respecting workers’ rights and freedoms. Employers are responsible for providing accommodations and working conditions that make it possible for temporary foreign workers to comply with these measures. Temporary foreign workers are responsible for complying with these measures.
February-18-21Requested supplement to the notice Strategy for Vaccination Against COVID-19: Postponement of the Second Dose in a Context of Shortage
Recently, various strategies have been recommended in a number of jurisdictions regarding the time interval between the two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) has asked the Comité sur l'immunisation du Québec (CIQ) to explain the basis of these different intervals. The MSSS also inquired whether the CIQ has maintained the recommendations that it put forward in a recent scientific notice, in particular, the recommendation to offer an initial dose of the vaccine to the greatest number of individuals belonging to the first six priority groups before administering the second dose.
This questionnaire aims to screen workers before entering their workplace to exclude those who are symptomatic and who have not had contact with a known case of COVID-19 already followed by public health authorities.
The questionnaire is intended to be completed by employees themselves on their workplace (other than health care facilities) to ensure the rapid removal of workers potentially infected with COVID-19 and to prevent its transmission to others in the workplace.
Employees with positive answers in their questionnaires should call 1 877 644 4545 or 811 to receive instructions (alternatively, check www.quebec.ca for local phone numbers). When calling, the person should specify that...
The Canadian Quarantine Act provides exemptions from quarantine upon arrival in Canada for temporary foreign workers who are deemed by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada to provide an essential service. It is the responsibility of the host company to verify that the temporary foreign workers it employs meet the exemption criteria. Workers may only be exempt from quarantine if they have no symptoms upon arrival. Despite this exemption, companies and the ETFWs they bring in as employees, subcontractors, or clients must still comply with provincial health measures. Although ETFWs are exempt from federal quarantine, they must still minimize their contact with others for their safety and the safety of their coworkers.
The number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 have been increasing in Quebec since August 2020. In addition to the suffering of those infected and their friends and family, caring for patients and their contacts creates a significant burden for healthcare workers, who are frequently infected, threatening the integrity of our healthcare system. The way the pandemic develops in the coming months will depend on the population’s compliance with the recommendations to minimize contacts, maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash hands. It will also depend on the general measures enacted by the government. Unless there is dramatic improvement in the population’s compliance or there are much stricter measures implemented, we cannot expect a swift decline in the...
December-22-20COVID-19: Evaluation of Disinfection Options for N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in the Context of the Pandemic
Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential shortage of N95 FFRs, the CERDM evaluated the available options for disinfecting these N95FFRs. This effort is aimed at identifying alternative strategies that can be added to the measures already available, to provide the best possible protection for health care workers in the event of a shortage. Thus, control measures that differ from those which are usually accepted may be implemented alone or in combination. These measures are unprecedented and highlight the need for the various authorities to develop solutions to respond proactively to an anticipated shortage of N95 FFRs and to be able to distribute them to workers during a real shortage of N95 FFRs.
Given this context, the Comité des infections nosocomiales du Québec (CINQ)...