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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Tuesday

Quebec is saying no, at least for now, to a federal smartphone app that helps notify people when they have been in contact with an infected person.

Federal app won't be used in Quebec, at least for now, digital transformation minister says

Most Quebec students return to school in the next week. (Francis Ferland/CBC)
  • Quebec reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Tuesday. One death previously thought to be related to COVID-19 has since been removed from the total. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 61,803 confirmed cases and 5,746 people have died.
  • There are 118 people in hospital (an increase of three), including 12 in intensive care (no change). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.

Quebec will not ask its citizens to download the federal COVID-19 notification app for the time being, the minister responsible for digital transformation, Éric Caire, announced Tuesday afternoon.

He said that for the app to be effective, the province would need to ensure that Quebecers trust their personal information would not be misused.

Caire said public consultations show that Quebecers are far more likely to use such an app if it is transparent about what data is, and is not, collected.

The government is also making preparations to rapidly deploy an app if the situation in the province worsens.

"We're going to be ready if we need it," said Horacio Arruda, Quebec's director of public health.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • New or worsening cough. 
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose. 

If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic. 

Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible. 
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

 

 

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