COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Wednesday
Quebecers born in 1936 or earlier can reserve their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow
- Quebec reported 806 new cases on Wednesday and 17 more deaths. One previously reported death is no longer attributed to COVID-19.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 284,472 confirmed cases and 10,346 people have died.
- There are 655 people in hospital (a decrease of 25), including 130 in intensive care (an increase of 10).
- 8,807 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday. A total of 376,910 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.
Quebecers born in 1936 or earlier can reserve their spot for a COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow, and they can get their shot as early as next week.
The government will make exceptions for some people who were born after 1936.
Dr. Mylène Drouin, head of Montreal public health, said the situation is improving in the city, but the rise of the variant first reported in the U.K. is a concern because of how contagious it is. Since January, there have been 22 outbreaks related to variants in Montreal, she said.
All tests are now scanned for possible variants, and currently about eight to 10 per cent of positive cases are of that more contagious strain, Drouin said during a news briefing Wednesday.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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.