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Press release

Posted on October 27, 2020

Due to the rapid increase in admissions to Vaud hospitals of Covid-19 positive patients, the Department of Health and Social Action (DSAS) is taking immediate measures to increase intensive care capacity in all hospitals . Non-urgent elective interventions are postponed, both at the CHUV and in the hospitals of the Federation of Vaud Hospitals (FHV). All types of emergencies continue to be taken care of throughout the canton. The Canton of Vaud is thus stepping up its plan to ramp up the social and health system by also reactivating regional crisis units in the area of ​​community health.

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Like the neighboring cantons, the situation in Vaud hospitals is worrying. The canton of Vaud had 34 Covid patients in intensive care this morning. Hospitalizations are accelerating and current estimates point to 80 patients in intensive care by the end of the week, with a potential doubling by the end of next week.

In order to cope with this situation and allow the opening of additional intensive care beds, elective elective interventions are postponed both at the CHUV and in the hospitals of the FHV. The CHUV has already reduced its non-urgent interventions by 30% since Monday, October 26 and goes beyond it from now on. This postponement frees up the staff and spaces necessary for the care of Covid patients and non-Covid emergencies.

For now, private clinics are not affected by these measures. Depending on how the situation develops, they may be called upon.

Activation of regional crisis units in community health

Regional crisis units of regional emergency response officers (Unisanté for the Center region; Riviera Chablais Hospital for the East region; La Côte Foundation for the West region; Réseau Santé Nord-Broye for the North and Broye regions ) are also reactivated as of October 27, 2020.

Concretely, as during the first phase, this organization close to the field will make it possible to monitor the needs of social and health institutions – EMS, Socio-educational establishments (ESE) and Psychosocial medical establishments (EPSM) – to coordinate and manage requests for reinforcements. in personnel and specific needs in drugs or equipment.

Doctors’ offices and home help and care institutions continue to operate, if necessary by contacting regional crisis organizations.

The ramping up of the Vaudois social and health system should make it possible to cope with the increase in cases and hospitalizations. DSAS and all partners are monitoring the situation very closely and will take further action if necessary.

State of Vaud Information and Communication Office


DSAS, Rebecca Ruiz, State Councilor,021 316 50 04
DSAS, Dr Stéfanie Monod, Director General, Directorate General of Public Health,021 316 42 99


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