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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Thursday

Premier François Legault has made changes to the province's outdoor masking rules yet again, and the health ministry has clarified who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec. Here's what you need to know.

Premier backtracks on outdoor mask rules, health ministry clarifies vaccine eligibility

People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, as the number of cases continues to rise in the province. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,513 new cases on Thursday and 15 more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 332,544 confirmed cases and 10,778 people have died.
  • There are 661 people in hospital (an increase of one), including 159 in intensive care (an increase of seven).
  • 67,708 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours for a total of 2,145,925 since Dec. 14. 

More changes have been made to the province's outdoor masking rules. Now, Quebecers will no longer have to wear a mask when doing sporting activities with people outside their household — as long as physical distancing is maintained. 

Premier François Legault made the announcement in a Facebook post Wednesday. The rules have been modified several times in recent days and have created some confusion.

Legault also stipulated that couples who don't live together no longer have to wear a mask when spending time with each other outside.

Pop-up vaccination clinics for some Montrealers

The CIUSSS West-Central Montreal has announced that people who live in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côte-Saint-Luc and Hampstead can get inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine at Saint-Raymond Community Centre, 5600 Upper Lachine Road next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 514-734-9912, as of tomorrow.

Residents of Côte-des-Neiges, Outremont, Town of Mount Royal and Westmount will be able to get their shot of AstraZeneca at the Centre de Ressources Communautaire Côte-des-Neiges, 6767 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges next Friday and Saturday. To make an appointment call 514-734-9912, as of tomorrow.

Vaccination for people with chronic illnesses

People across Quebec who are 60 and younger and have high-risk chronic illnesses and receive treatments or consult their doctors in hospital are able to book their vaccine appointments. Eligible people who are not able to get the vaccine at a hospital can also get their shot at a pharmacy.

The full list of criteria and guidelines is available here.

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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.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea). 

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. 

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

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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