COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Thursday
More than one million shots against COVID-19 have been administered
- Quebec reported 945 new cases on Thursday and four deaths.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 305,435 confirmed cases and 10,630 people have died.
- There are 496 people in hospital (a decrease of 12), including 117 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
- 39,814 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday for a total of 1,065,823 since Dec. 14.
Finance Minister Eric Girard will table the province's newest budget at 4 p.m.
Quebecers will get to see how the government plans to crawl out of its $15-billion deficit brought about by the pandemic.
The vaccination campaign plays a major role in getting Quebec's economy back to where it was, and on that front the province has hit a new milestone. The province has administered more than one million doses of vaccine against COVID-19.
It took more than three months to reach that level, and the province's goal is to accelerate the pace and provide at least one dose to every Quebecer who wants one by June 24.
The Lower Saint-Lawrence region continues to grapple with the growing spread of coronavirus variants. It reported 46 cases linked to newer strains today — its highest total to date.
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- After a difficult year on the job, this paramedic is finding ways to cope with stress.
- The government will face hurdles in its attempt to vaccinate nearly every Quebecer by June 24.
- Montreal clinic hopes to find answers for COVID 'long haulers'
- Gyms and spas to reopen in COVID red zones but don't expect your spin class to resume.
- The province's physicians and nurses say government needs to tighten screws on private CHSLDs.
- AstraZeneca says its vaccine review found no evidence of increased blood clot risks.
- The Canada-U.S. border's been shut down for a year — and there's no reopening plan.
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.