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

Vaccinations in general population are finally set to get underway, with those born in 1936 or earlier. Here's what you need to know.

Vaccinations in general population finally set to get underway

A passenger is screened and gets a COVID-19 test while entering Canada from the United States at the land border crossing in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 739 new cases on Tuesday and 13 more deaths. One previously reported death is no longer attributed to COVID-19.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 283,666 confirmed cases and 10,330 people have died.
  • There are 680 people in hospital (a decrease of nine), including 120 in intensive care (an increase of three).
  • 10,209 doses of vaccine were administered on Monday. A total of 365,978 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.

The province's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is slowly ramping up, with Quebecers born in 1936 or earlier able to get shots as early as next week.

The government specified that an exception will be made for people aged 70 and over who act as a primary caregiver for someone aged 85 and over. This means that a younger spouse of someone who meets the criteria may also be eligible.

Appointments can be made through the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine or by phone at 1-877-644-4545 as of Thursday.

Earlier in the day, sources had told Radio-Canada that the vaccine would be available to people over 80 across the province starting March 1, and to those 70 and over in Montreal.

Legault said those born later than 1936 will be eligible in the days and weeks to come.

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  • Provincial modelling says Quebec can cope with coronavirus variants if people follow the rules.

  • Liberal MNA, who was at National Assembly last week, tests positive for COVID-19
  • 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. 

    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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