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

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault says the number of new cases of COVID-19 among young people is worrisome.

Deputy premier says young people need to step up

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault had a message for young Quebecers: you need to set an example and protect yourselves and others from the coronavirus (Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 145 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths Monday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 58,728 confirmed cases and 5,667 people have died. 
  • There are 200 people in hospital (an increase of three), including seven in intensive care (a decrease 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.
  • Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault and provincial health authorities updated the COVID-19 situation in Quebec. They addressed the uptick in cases among young people. 

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault, describing a "worrisome" rise in new COVID-19 cases among younger Quebecers, urged them Monday to be more careful and, if in doubt, to get tested.

Guilbault said Quebecers aged 15 to 34 have made up "a very significant proportion" of new cases in recent days, and that age group will play a role in how the pandemic unfolds in Quebec.

 "It's not every day we have so much power in our own hands," she said.

Guilbault said the new cases had come primarily from parties and private gatherings. She underlined the risk of young people transmitting the virus to their parents and grandparents, even if their own symptoms are mild or invisible.

Furthermore, she said, in some young people the long-term consequences of COVID-19 can be severe.

"You don't want to end up in intensive care,' Guilbault warned. "This is serious."

Guilbault asked young people to become "influencers" and set an example for their friends by keeping gatherings small, maintaining their distance and wearing a mask.

"We all understand that you want to go out and see your friends."

Grace period over for public transit

The two-week grace period allowing public transit users to get used to Quebec's mandatory mask rules is officially over. 

While masks have been mandatory for public transit uses over the age of 12 since July 13, anyone not wearing one was allowed on up until now, but reminded of the rules.

Starting today, authorities can be called in for passengers who refuse to wear a mask, and they can be barred from entering. 

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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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