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

Premier François Legault is asking Quebecers to stay the course for the foreseeable future. He said COVID-19 cases have stabilized of late, which proves the measures the province has put in place are working.

As of Monday, Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students in red zones will be able to attend school in-person full time

Right now, 355 pharmacies in Montreal are participating in the provincial vaccination campaign. Each location has only received 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine to date. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 656 new cases on Tuesday and four more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 303,707 confirmed cases and 10,618 people have died.
  • There are 519 people in hospital (an increase of six), including 113 in intensive care (an increase of one).
  • 26,040 doses of vaccine were administered on Monday for a total of 993,102 since Dec. 14.

Premier François Legault is asking Quebecers to stay the course for the foreseeable future.

He said COVID-19 cases have stabilized of late, which proves the measures the province has put in place are working.

But in order to stave off a third wave, people need to continue following the rules, he said.

He also warned people in the Outaouais and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean regions to reduce their contacts. Both those areas have seen an increase in cases over the last few days and are on the verge of becoming red zones.

He announced that as of Monday, Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students who live in red zones will be able to attend school in-person full time. Right now, they alternate daily between being at school and online learning.

As of yesterday, their counterparts in orange zones returned to full-time in-person schooling. 

Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province's public health director, said there is a risk of outbreaks in schools, but they can be contained. The decision is about trying to strike a balance, he said.

"We think there are higher risks of problems with staying at home, failing school and mental health [compared] to the risk" of outbreaks, he said.

Starting tomorrow, dining rooms can reopen in seniors' homes where at least 75 per cent of residents have been vaccinated. The premier said the vaccines have to have been given at least three weeks ago.

On the vaccination front, by day's end, more than one million shots of COVID-19 vaccines will have been administered in the province.

Montrealers over the age of 60 can now register for a shot — and that includes the premier. Legault said he will get his shot Friday 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.
  • 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. 

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

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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