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

Today marks the start of classes for thousands of students in Quebec's French schools— the first time Montreal students head back to school since the pandemic shut them down last spring. 

Today marks the start of classes for thousands of students in Quebec's French schools

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  • Quebec reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 62,056 confirmed cases and 5,750 people have died.
  • There are 115 people in hospital (an increase of five), including 15 in intensive care (an increase of three). 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.

Today marks the start of classes for thousands of students in Quebec's French schools— the first time Montreal students head back to school since the pandemic shut them down last spring. 

As outlined in the government's regulations announced earlier this summer, students aged 10 years or older are required to wear masks on school buses and when circulating outside of classrooms. Younger students are not required to wear masks, but they are allowed to do so.

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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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