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

Public health officials in Montreal are calling for more testing facilities after a handful of COVID-19 outbreaks in the city's bars.

Montreal public health is calling for more testing facilities after handful of outbreaks in city's bars

Hundreds of people lined up outside a COVID-19 testing clinic Tuesday. The city has recommended that anyone who has been to a bar since July 1 get tested. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec has 56,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,636 people have died, an increase of 129 cases and three deaths from a day earlier. 
  • There are 285 people in hospital (a decrease of ten), including 20 in intensive care (a decrease of one). 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

Public health officials in Montreal are calling for more testing facilities as thousands of young adults respond to a citywide call to get checked out if they've been to a bar in the past month.

The call went out Saturday afternoon following reports of possible outbreaks at a handful of bars in the Montreal area.

Dr. David Kaiser, a physician with the public health authority for the island of Montreal, said testing has increased by 50 per cent since last week, especially among 20- to 39-year-olds.

Around 3,000 people have been tested in the last two days in Montreal. 

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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.
  • It is recommended to wear a mask or face covering, especially when physical distancing is not possible, in an indoor public space and on public transit. 
  • 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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