Quebec City will lose health-care services if people don’t respect COVID-19 rules: Guilbault

Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches residents must abide by public health directives aimed at stemming the tide of COVID-19 to keep the health-care network intact, officials said Friday.

“If we keep on the same track as we currently are, we are going straight into a wall,” said Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault. “The health-care system will not be able to take care of you anymore in some cases.

“This is a hard fact, but this is the reality.”

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Hospital services, including surgeries and cancer treatment, could be postponed if the number of novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb, she stressed.

Guilbault said residents in the two regions, which are designated red zones and under a partial lockdown, have started to let their guard down. She called on them to limit all socializing to cap community transmission.

“We are at a very critical moment in the fight against the virus,” Guilbault said.

She said she is worried that the public is not taking the government and public health’s messages seriously, and the two regions have reached a “tipping point.”

The Quebec government does not want to implement a full lockdown and Guilbault said the province will do everything it can to prevent closing schools.

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