COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Wednesday
'Next month, they will dominate the new cases,' the premier said in reference to growing spread of variants
- Quebec reported 783 new cases on Wednesday and eight deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 304,490 confirmed cases and 10,626 people have died.
- There are 508 people in hospital (a decrease of 11), including 118 in intensive care (an increase of five).
- 31,025 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday for a total of 1,024,713 since Dec. 14.
The premier says while several provinces are grappling with an increase of COVID-19 cases, Quebec has so far been spared.
On Tuesday, François Legault said it's imperative for Quebecers to keep following the rules to avoid a third wave of infections, even as some of the public health restrictions are being lifted.
He pointed to the recent spike in cases in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and also indicated that more transmissible COVID-19 variants continue to spread.
The variants are becoming more and more present," he said. "We're at 30 per cent [of the cases]... Next month, they will dominate the new cases."
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.
As of Monday, Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students who live in red zones will be attending school in-person full time. Right now, in red zones they alternate daily between being at school and online learning.
Starting Friday, gyms and spas across Quebec will be allowed to reopen, with some restrictions.
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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.
To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine. 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.